“I’m looking forward to this journey of training the sons and daughters of America to be ready on day one,” Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Warren assured his new boss and battle buddy, Lt. Col. Heather M. Reilly, during the 262nd Quartermaster Battalion Change of Responsibility ceremony Sept. 6 in the PWD auditorium.

 “Leadership is a gift that is given,” he also observed. “It is given by those who follow and demand the type of leadership that will propel their lives forward. They have put trust, faith and confidence in you. (Leaders must be) sure to show them every day their worth in the gift they have given.”

            Reilly, the battalion commander, officiated the ceremony in which senior enlisted advisor responsibilities were passed from CSM Samuel G. Miles to Warren. In her words, the moment was bittersweet because the highpoint of welcoming the new CSM was offset by the sadness of saying goodbye amid the company of Soldiers, friends, family and Fort Lee leadership.

            “The unit is gaining a truly great leader,” Reilly said of Warren. “I have heard nothing but great things about your abilities. I have no doubt you will foster the right culture of discipline and excellence to take the battalion to new heights. Welcome to the team sergeant major.”

Warren moved to the Life Line Battalion from the Army Logistics University where he served as the assistant commandant to the Logistics NCO Academy.                     

While saying goodbye to Miles, Reilly pointed out some of his accomplishments and his reputation as a senior enlisted leader of the highest caliber.

            “Tactically proficient in his craft, Command Sgt. Maj. Miles understands the commander’s intent and immediately leaned forward when the call came to increase the rigor of training and the warriorization of Soldiers who will go on to support large-scale combat operations,” Reilly said.

            “Command Sgt. Maj. Miles could always be counted on to take time to coach, teach and mentor his teammates,” the commander further noted. “His mission was to graduate ‘ready on day one’ Soldiers – disciplined, physically fit, technically and tactically competent in their MOS. Sergeant major, mission complete.”

            Miles wrapped up his time at the lectern with grateful acknowledgement of the many people who helped him succeed at the 262nd. He also extended best wishes to his successor.

            “Thank you for your continued support, shoulders, listening ears and sound advice,” he said to fellow installation leaders. “You have all contributed tremendously to my growth as a leader. Command Sgt. Maj. Warren, I am proud to pass on one of the best battalions in the Army to you. You are the right leader at the right time to assist in taking this great organization to even greater heights.”

            Miles leaves for Fort Knox to pick up the reins as command sergeant major of the 410th Brigade Support Battalion, Warhorse, 4th Cavalry Regiment.