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New CSM takes over JBLM’s top adviser role

He brings 30 years of Army experience

Published: 11:43AM January 16th, 2014

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a new headquarters command sergeant major.

Kevin W. Bryan, recently of the 555th Engineer Brigade, assumed responsibility in a ceremony Jan. 8 at French Theater with base commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr.

Bryan replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Johnson, who left in November to take a position as a brigade command sergeant major at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Sergeant Major Jonathan Whitehe filled in at JBLM in the interim. He departs to become installation sergeant major at Yakima Training Center.

Hodges joked that Bryan might be “a little crazy” for taking the position, the most senior enlisted Army position at the installation headquarters of JBLM.

The commander was serious, however, in his description of the requirements that lie ahead of his new right arm.

“It truly takes a unique person to be able to navigate through the different parallels, different avenues and different commands on this installation to make sure we are doing our job for our service members, and their families,” Hodges said.

Hodges advised Bryan, as the senior enlisted representative of a joint base, that reflexive loyalties to the Army must be put aside to serve everyone on the installation. Bryan has served the Army for more than 30 years as a combat engineer.

“The most important thing we are is Americans,” Hodges said. “What this joint base represents, and our responsibility to it, is to make sure we treat everyone, regardless of their service, as Americans.”

Hodges said he is excited about the energy Bryan brings to the installation command team.

Bryan returned the kind words with a few of his own, after thanking the commanders and officials who came to see him assume responsibility.

The new base command sergeant major said he was glad to be in Washington, “where in the morning I can be on the Sound, crab fishing, and by noon I can be up on Mount Rainier, you know, checking out the sights.”

Bryan cited his two predecessors, Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Barnes, for taking good care of the joint base community.

“I will continue to work to ensure that the needs of our service members on this joint base are met,” Bryan said.

Bryan said in a separate interview that his Air Force counterpart, the command chief master sergeant, has not yet been named.