Story and photos by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Soldiers and friends of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, assembled at Founders Field to bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese, the “Raider” Brigade’s senior enlisted leader, and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Edison Rebuck during a change of responsibility ceremony, Tuesday.
Defreese passed the ceremonial Noncommissioned Officers Sword to Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st BCT, representing his departure from the unit. Tyler then passed the sword to Rebuck signifying the senior NCO’s new responsibilities as brigade command sergeant major.
Tyler thanked Defreese for his tireless efforts to refit, retrain and shape the Raider Brigade Soldiers into a well-rounded fighting force during his tenure with the unit.
“(Command) Sgt. Maj. Defreese epitomizes our NCO Corps — smart, tough, battle-hardened,” said Tyler. “In Dennis Defreese, I found the model of a professional Soldier, and fortunately … I also found a leader whose ideas on standards and tough training match my own perfectly. Finally, best of all, I found in my sergeant major, a friend, someone who rails against apathy and complacency, a lifelong student of our profession.”
Defreese thanked Tyler and the Raiders for serving honorably with him during his time at Fort Carson.
“I want to start by thanking the command sergeants major and first sergeants you see standing in the formation in front of you,” Defreese said. “They are some of the best I’ve ever seen in the Army, and they are the significant factor in making this one of the best brigades in the Army. To the outstanding Soldiers of this brigade, from the reset coming back from Afghanistan to being what I think is the most capable armor unit in the Army and the world, thank you for all of your hard work, leadership and dedication.”
Defreese is slated to take a position as the senior enlisted leader for 1st Army Division East at Fort Meade, Md.
Tyler welcomed Rebuck and expressed eagerness to begin working with his new senior enlisted leader.
“(Command) Sgt. Maj. Rebuck is the son of two members of the British military service,” Tyler said. “He told me when we met that he decided to stay in the United States at 12 years old because of the opportunities in our country, and I’d say he did pretty well. Our Soldiers and Families welcome you and your Family, and look forward to your impact on the brigade.”
Rebuck joins the ranks of the Raider Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served as the senior enlisted leader of 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
“Thank you, Col. and Mrs. Tyler, for welcoming us with open arms; we are truly blessed to be received so graciously,” Rebuck said. “Command Sgt. Maj. and Mrs. Defreese, the Raiders are indebted to both of you. Your efforts and your leadership will be missed.
“To the Soldiers of this mighty brigade; uphold the standards and do what is right. I am humbled and proud to be your command sergeant major. Thank you for the opportunity.”