News: Third Army CG, CSM visit troops at Camp Buehring
Story by Cpl. Christopher Calvert
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Lt. Gen Vincent K. Brooks, Third Army/ARCENT commanding general and Alexandria, Va. native, and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephan Frennier, Third Army/ARCENT senior enlisted leader and a Whitehouse, Texas native, visited troops here Sept. 24.
During their visit, Lt. Gen Brooks and Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier expressed their gratitude to troops while handing out Third Army coins to those who have exceeded the standard with their hard work and dedication.
“I’m glad to see soldiers utilizing their time wisely by training and bettering themselves during this deployment,” Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier said. “It’s important to go back to the U.S. better than when you left to come here, whether it’s by improving yourself physically, mentally or spiritually.”
Lt. Gen Brooks also had the opportunity to re-enlist eight soldiers during his visit, including 1st Sgt. Brian R. McDuffie, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery, Okla. National Guard and a Moore, Okla. native.
McDuffie said having Lt. Gen. Brooks administer his last reenlistment oath is something he’ll never forget.
“It feels great,” McDuffie explained. “Having Third Army’s commanding general reenlist me for my last four years of military service is truly an honor.”
Lt. Gen. Brooks said the eight Third Army soldiers who reenlisted should take great pride in their choice to continue serving our nation.
“I truly appreciate your service,” Lt. Gen. Brooks added. “No one stays if they don’t believe it’s worthwhile, and you’re all making a difference. Thanks for your continued service, and thanks for everything you have done.”
After the re-enlistment ceremony, Lt. Gen. Brooks and Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier met with senior leaders to discuss training, retention, soldier readiness and education.
“It’s imperative we keep our non-commissioned officers and Soldiers on track and help them to develop professionally,” Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier said. “We have to act as one team and take care of each other.”
As Lt. Gen. Brooks and Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier’s visit came to an end, Sgt. Joshua Smith, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas and a Coolidge, Texas native, said meeting Third Army’s CG and CSM motivated him to keep up the hard work.
“Their visit here shows that they care,” Smith explained. “It was a great opportunity to get to meet them, and it let me know that my hard work truly is appreciated.”
Third Army’s commitment to both the well-being of its soldiers, as well as the service members of partner nations remains a priority. Through morale building events such as Lt. Gen. Brooks and Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier’s visit to Camp Buehring, Third Army is helping to inspire, educate and inform service members, the strength of our nation.