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Posted: March 22, 2018 11:38 a.m.
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3rd ID RSSB holds COR

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Command Sgt. Maj. Toby Grisham, senior enlisted leader to the 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, receives a sword from Col. Jeffrey Britton, 3rd ID RSSB commander during a change of responsibility ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 17.

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Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade hosted a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 17. 

During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Shontina Edwards formally handed over her duties as senior enlisted advisor to the brigade.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Edwards drove sustainment innovation and excellence during a period of significant change for the Army and the 3rd Infantry Division,” said Col. Jeffrey Britton, 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB commander. “Her significant and lasting contributions to the 3rd Inf. Div. were most evident in the dramatic and measurable increases in maintaining the highest readiness of any 3rd Inf. Div. unit through nearly continuous support as a force provider.”

Edwards held the position for just more than two years, both at the Provider brigade’s home at Fort Stewart, Ga., and for five months deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. During that time the Providers executed a Sea Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, during which more than 200 Soldiers convoyed from Fort Stewart to Charleston, S.C. The unit then loaded more than thirty vehicles onto a ship; participated in three Warfighter exercises, including one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and supported Operation Maple Resolve in Alberta, Canada; in addition to dozens of other exercises in support of 3rd Infantry Division. 

Edwards also oversaw the deployment of companies of Soldiers to Kuwait, Egypt, Poland, Qatar and Bosnia, in addition to her current deployment to Afghanistan.

“I truly believe leading Soldiers is a privilege, not an entitlement,” said Edwards, in a speech following the ceremony, “so I want to take this time to express my gratitude to the brigade for allowing me to be their senior enlisted leader.”

After viewing her troops in formation one final time, her replacement, Command Sgt. Maj. Toby Grisham, took the podium, and greeted his new Soldiers.

“I’ve always wanted to be a Dog Face Soldier,” said the 28-year veteran, referring to the 3rd Infantry Division’s nickname. “I look forward to working side by side with you in keeping this the best sustainment brigade in the Army!”

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