The 2nd Engineer Battalion welcomed a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 15.
Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick Taylor took responsibility as 1st Sgt. Jesus Pedraza, outgoing command sergeant major, prepares to join the battalion’s 573rd Clearance Co.
“We normally have to say goodbye, but we get to keep Pedraza and add Taylor to the team. The battalion continues to grow regardless of the challenges,” said 2nd Engineer Battalion commander Lt. Col. James Koeppen.
Koeppen said he was glad that Pedraza will stay in the battalion. He welcomed Taylor to the team and said his first major task will be taking the lead role during the burning of the colors ceremony next month.
Pedraza said he learned a lot during his time as sergeant major. He thanked the Soldiers for their feedback and cooperation and welcomed Taylor to the position.
“It was an honor and a privilege to serve as interim command sergeant major for a while,” Pedraza said. “Sgt. Maj. Taylor, the battalion is well-trained and ready for you to take them to the next level.”
Taylor is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 58. His previous assignment was at Fort Bliss, Texas where he served as the command sergeant major of the 72nd Brigade Support Battalion.
Taylor said he is thankful for the opportunity to lead Soldiers. He said he is impressed with the battalion and is ready to lead them.
“I am your command sergeant major,” Taylor said. “My motto is that discipline starts here. I expect you to discipline yourselves to your duty and all the time.”