Friday in the Pentagon, Army senior leaders, Soldiers and civilian employees alike gathered to bid farewell to the longest tenured Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.
The farewell ceremony was the first of many ceremonies and gatherings that the Army will host this week to recognize and congratulate Sgt. Maj. Preston for his numerous contributions during his time as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army.
Sgt. Major Preston has been the Sergeant Major of the Army for seven years and when he stood to make his comments during the ceremony he said very simply, “It’s hard to believe seven years have gone by this quick.”
During his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army, Sgt. Maj. Preston has had a profound impact on Soldier life. He was instrumental in changing the Army uniform and he led the charge in enhancing the non-commissioned officer development program. During his seven years, Sgt. Maj. spent an average of 270 days of the year traveling, and listening to Soldiers stationed all around the world.
Several Army senior leaders were on hand to thank Sgt. Maj. for his service, and some of those thanked him during a video featured during the ceremony.
Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army perhaps said it best at the beginning of the ceremony when he said of Sgt. Maj. Preston, “He came to an NCO corps that was far and away the best in the world, and he made it better.”
View below SMA Preston’s message to his Soldiers.
Thank you Sergeant Major Preston for the great work you have done in the U.S. Army for almost 36 years. Army Strong!
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