Usag Rp welcomes highest enlisted leader

Story and photos by Mary Ann Davis
U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Brian N. Hauke, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz’s highest enlisted leader, addresses the garrison in his new role.

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz welcomed a new command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony, Sept. 26, who will provide support and oversight of 29 installations with more than 50,000 Soldiers, government civilian employees and their families.

Command Sgt. Maj. Brian N. Hauke, formerly of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Oahu, Hawaii, brings more than 27 years of training and experience to the critical position. As the top enlisted leader of the garrison, he is responsible for enabling readiness capabilities and ensuring first-class processing, equipping and training of thousands of rotational forces from the U.S. and allied partner nations as they answer the call to forward deploy eastward in a show of strength, partnership and deterrence.

“Command Sergeant Major Hauke’s mission will be as complex as it is important, providing support across our widespread footprint to some of the nation’s most important military organizations and finest warfighters,” said USAG RP Commander Col. Keith E. Igyarto. “The importance of the missions supported by our installations cannot be overstated. The ready, reliable and forward-stationed forces supported by our efforts here in the Rheinland-Pfalz underwrite the guarantee of collective defense and contribute to a strong Europe.”

The new garrison command sergeant major draws upon experience from a variety of duty and leadership positions, including UH-60 crew chief, battalion and company aviation life support equipment NCO in charge, Army recruiter, platoon sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major.

“I’m truly honored to have been selected to serve this phenomenal organization and look forward to serving alongside each of you,” the new CSM said. “I promise you’ll get 150 percent each day — Army strong, strong Europe!”

Christi Hauke, spouse of the new garrison command sergeant major, receives a bouquet of roses from Staff Sgt. Ryan Theobald, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz’s Best Warrior 2017.