By: Jake McCollum
FORT KNOX (June 14, 2015) – On the Army’s 240th birthday, Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin A. Kinder passed responsibility of 4th Brigade, US Army Cadet Command to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Henry after a distinguished 25-year career that included four deployments and numerous awards, including three Bronze Stars. The ceremony was opened by the playing of the national anthem and followed by the traditional passing of the colors, where the outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. handed 4th Brigade’s flag to the incoming. Flowers were also presented to Henry’s wife, Heather, as a sign of welcome from 4th Brigade.
Kinder, who has served in every enlisted position available to an Infantryman, stood humbly center stage on Sunday in the Waybur Theater as various members of his command praised his past years of service – both as Command Sgt. Maj. of 4th Brigade and as a Soldier.
“I think you’re a great man,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold, the Command Sgt. Maj. of Cadet Command, to Kinder during a speech. “Thank you for a job well done.”
Speeches by Commanding Gen. Peggy Coombs and Col. Lawrence A. Anyanwu echoed that sentiment, describing Kinder’s exploits and pointing out that he is “one that doesn’t like attention.”
“On behalf of the men, women, and cadets of 4th Brigade, thank you for your leadership and genuine commitment toward making 4th Brigade and Cadet Command better,” Anyanwu said. He also welcomed Henry, saying his resume was “impressive and impeccable.”
“It has been an honor,” Kinder said as part of his farewell speech. He thanked those that served with him and his family for supporting him through his Army career.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be brought into this organization,” Henry said. Formerly assigned to 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, he has served with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and has four combat deployments, two in Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division and two in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – one with the 3rd Ranger Battalion and one with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Henry is the right leader, at this time, to consolidate gains and blaze new paths for 4th Brigade. His experience is critical at this time as we continue to develop the future leaders of our Army,” Anyanwu said.
Congratulations to Command Sgt. Maj.’s Kinder and Henry on their extraordinary accomplishments.