News: Afghan vet is new Red Bull command sergeant major
Story by Sgt. John Angelo
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division gained a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday in Rosemount, Minn. The top ranking enlisted member of the division is now Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold. He assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Julin, who is retiring after a long career that started in 1977.
Julin has served a variety of positions throughout his career including crew leader, squad leader, section leader, platoon sergeant, 1st sgt., operations sgt. maj., battalion sgt. maj., brigade sgt. maj. and most recently as division command sgt. maj. He deployed with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division as the brigade command sgt. maj. during the historically long deployment from 2005 to 2007 and also during the 34th Infantry Division’s recent deployment to Basra, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11.
“He was with me through thick and thin,” said Army Maj. Gen. David J. Elicerio, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division commander. “He always showed concern for his soldiers.”
His replacement was carefully chosen.
Arnold was previously assigned as the command sergeant major of Iowa’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan and was part of the historically long deployment with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division in Iraq from 2005 to 2007.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold has a proven track record as a leader in both Iraq and Afghanistan and I am confident in his ability to bring the division to the next level," said Elicerio.
"This position is the most senior ranking of the enlisted members in the division and his extensive military background will provide new ideas in advancing our priorities," said Elicerio. "Command Sgt. Maj. Arnold will be responsible for overseeing multiple facets of readiness for our division soldiers such as: morale, welfare, discipline, performance, training, equal opportunity and promotion."
In attendance at the ceremony were the senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Kallberg and the former advisor, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Mills as well as friends and family of retiring Julin and of the incoming Arnold.
Division NCO of the Year Sgt. Andrew Hardin presented the saber for the ceremony.
“The change of responsibility ceremony is steeped in military traditions and serves the dual function of rendering honors to the departing command sergeant major and providing official recognition of the transfer of authority to the incoming command sergeant major," said Army Maj. Jason K. Burley, public affairs officer for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.