By Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Command Sgt. Maj. Brian M. Stall was honored for his 30 years of service during a retirement ceremony at Founders Field on Fort Carson, Feb. 21.
Stall served as the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson command sergeant major from Nov. 16, 2011, to Dec. 8, and was relieved by Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark.
During the ceremony, Stall received a Distinguished Service Medal and a retirement flag, and was admitted to the distinguished order of St. George by the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association.
Stall also received letters from former President George W. Bush, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) congratulating him on his retirement and to thank him for his courage, service, selfless devotion and patriotism to his country.
“With 30 years of service to our country, Command Sgt. Maj. Stall epitomized what it means to be an (noncommissioned officer), well-known as the backbone of the Army,” said Brig. Gen. Michael A. Bills, former acting senior commander, 4th
Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, who served as the guest speaker for the ceremony. “His professionalism knows no equal and he leaves a legacy of remarkable achievements.
“I cannot thank you enough for the example you set for other leaders, and all you have done for our Army,” he said.
Stall used his time as an airborne Soldier to describe his retirement.
“I’m the No. 1 jumper in the primary door, the wind swirled at hurricane force,” Stall said. “A million thoughts invade my mind as I stare into the night sky. Adrenaline races through my veins in anticipation of the jump master’s command; ‘Go!’ I am confident in my abilities. I know a full canopy will emerge safely and deliver this paratrooper to the drop zone.
“The mission is clear; I must close this chapter and seize the initiative in my next rendezvous with destiny,” he said. “Rangers lead the way; Hooah!”
During Stall’s career, he served as the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, S.C., from October 2008-November 2011; and the 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, from November 2006-September 2008. Stall has also been assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, the Ranger Training Brigade, the 82nd Airborne Div., the 25th Inf. Div. and the 101st Abn. Div.
Stall attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Ky., in February 1984, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. His military training includes Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses for Infantrymen, the Sergeants Major Academy and the Army’s Force Management Course.
During his 30-year career, Stall has been awarded the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with one oak leaf
cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Ranger Tab, Expert and Combat Infantryman badges, and Master Parachutist and Air Assault badges.