JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, –
Command Sgt. Major Jose M. Salas took over responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. George B. Bunn during the 5th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command’s change of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Dec. 18.
“A distinguished field artilleryman, Bunn brought a wealth of experience from operational and training assignments to 5th Brigade since taking the colors in 2018,” said Col. Mark A. Olsen, 5th Brigade commander. “His tactical and technical competence, level-headed judgement and insight have been central to the brigade’s success over the last 2-1/2 years.”
Olsen also highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unexpected challenges to the brigade, but with Bunn’s leadership, the brigade has weathered the challenge with flying colors.
As 5th Brigade marks Bunn’s final assignment before retirement from the U.S. Army, Olsen also took a moment to thank him for his three decades of military service to the nation, saying “Sergeant Major, you have left the Army better than you found it, thank you for all you’ve done.”
Bunn recognized key mentors who helped him learn and grow, and become a better leader. He went on to thank his family for being his rock and also thanked Soldiers, cadre and staff who he served with.
“I’m truly blessed,” Bunn said. “I can honestly say it has been a great honor to serve this nation for almost 30 years and I wouldn’t change a thing. I see nothing but success for the Apache Brigade.”
Salas expressed his thankfulness for being able to continue to serve the nation. “Team Salas is looking forward to serving alongside everyone and the Brigade Team. People first, winning matters, victory starts here, leadership and excellence – 5th Brigade is my squad.”