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    451st ESC Relinquishment of Responsibility

    451st ESC Relinquishment of Responsibility

    Photo By Pfc. Aiden Griffitts | U.S. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Annette Brandenburg-Bethany, outgoing command...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Aiden Griffitts and Spc. Kathryn Pakiz

    207th Public Affairs Detachment

    WICHITA, Ks.. -- U.S Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Annette Brandenburg-Bethany relinquished her responsibility as the command sergeant major of the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas, Feb. 3, 2024.
    During her last three years as command sergeant major for the 451st ESC, Brandenburg-Bethany instituted fundamental changes that drove improvements in attrition rates and personnel readiness, said U.S. Army Reserve Col. Lisa Mullinax, the deputy commanding officer of the 451st ESC.
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be the command sergeant major for the 451st,” said Brandenburg-Bethany. “I can’t thank each and everyone of you individually. As a whole, I want to say thank you for the impact that you’ve had on me for the last 37 months.”
    Brandenburg-Bethany prides herself on her soldier’s ability to take care of their Army family while continuing to meet mission standards.
    Brandenburg-Bethany believes that she wouldn’t have been successful in her position as command sergeant major without the support and dedication from her 451st ESC family.
    “You’ve found challenges that you initially may have thought that you couldn’t overcome by working together as a team,” said Bradenburg-Bethany. “You found ways to accomplish these challenges and be enormously successful in doing so.”
    She thanked her husband, Robert, for supporting her through her time in this assignment and through the time they’ve known each other.
    “Robert, thank you so much for supporting me and encouraging me not just through this assignment, but ever since I met you in 2005,” said Brandenburg-Bethany. “There have been times when I’m ready to hang it up and don’t want to go on, but you’ve been there.”
    Brandenburg-Bethany concluded her farewell speech by reflecting on a quote from John F. Kennedy’s inauguration speech.
    “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger,” from Kennedy’s inauguration address. “I do not shrink from this responsibility, I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”
    Brandenburg-Bethany hopes the 451st ESC takes Kennedy’s words into their military careers.
    Members of the 451st ESC recognized Brandenburg-Bethany and her time as their command sergeant major through a gift to her and her family at the conclusion of the relinquishment of responsibility ceremony.



    Date Taken: 02.03.2024
    Date Posted: 02.13.2024 13:10
    Story ID: 463134
    Location: WICHITA, KANSAS, US

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