News: CSM slips away after 32 years of service
Story by Sgt. Terrance Payton
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – After 32 years of service to his country Command Sgt. Maj. Mark D. Sturdevant, of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment retired following a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at Pike Field, Nov. 3, 2011.
Sturdevant, who enlisted as an infantryman in 1980, took responsibility of the brigade during its recent deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Command Sgt. Maj. Sturdevant has served 13 years here in the 82nd Airborne Division and has earned many awards and decorations throughout his career.
Sturdevant has served as a Reserve Officer Training Corp instructor and is a graduate of many army courses which include the Jumpmaster course, Air Assault course, and Ranger course.
“I would like to personally thank you for being my AIRBORNE Buddy and for your counsel, mentorship and advice, I don’t know what I would have done without you,” said Col. Brian Mennes, Commander of the 4th Brigade.
Sturdevant’s replacement is Command Sgt. Maj. William Forro, who will be moving from 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team to assume his third Command Sgt. Maj. position.
“We are fortunate to have Command Sgt. Maj. Forro join our team and I look forward to the coming year as we prepare to deploy to Afghanistan,” said Mennes.