When Col. Mike Lundy, deputy commander of Combined Arms Center for Training learned that his organization didn't have a top noncommissioned officer, he was determined to get one.
"We're the organization in charge of training, and NCOs are a critical component to that," he said. "We're training Soldiers for (the Combined Arms Center) and to be effective at that we needed an NCO to represent our Soldiers and the main trainers in our Army, which are NCOs."
Sgt. Maj. Donald L. Rose Jr. assumed responsibility of that position Sept. 28. He has 27 years experience in the military and has had five combat deployments.
Rose comes with expertise in training Soldiers and will bring a much-needed perspective to CAC-T, Lundy said.
"I'm very proud to have you on the team, sergeant major," he told Rose.
Lundy said he worked with Rose previously at Fort Bliss, Texas. Rose was tasked with deploying a brigade, bringing that brigade home and, while it was in reset mode two months later, had to move the brigade to another installation.
"To reform that brigade, stand it up, and have it ready for combat again six months later is truly phenomenal, and an organization can't do that without the best senior noncommissioned officer," Lundy said.
According to his biography, Rose served as first sergeant for A Company and HHC, 1/160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-06, Rose served as the command sergeant major for 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, which was re-designated as the 4th Battalion, 4th Infantry. He later was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-09. Rose was the senior enlisted adviser for the deputy commander, Regional Command-North, in northern Afghanistan in 2010-2011 and command sergeant major for Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division. He is a member of the Sergeant Morales Club and honorary member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Rose and his wife Karen arrived at Fort Leavenworth a few weeks ago and that has given him time to get aquainted with the community and with the Soldiers and civilians that make up CAC-T.
"From the moment Karen and I arrived here at Fort Leavenworth, we've been greeted with open arms and treated like family by both the surrounding community as well as Soldiers and civilians here on Fort Leavenworth," he said.
Rose said he looked forward to furthering CAC-T's mission. CAC-T includes the Army Training Support Center, Mission Command Training Program, National Simulation Center and many other Soldier training functions.
"The directorates all have one single focus in mind — that's the training and leader development and education down to the individual Soldier, so when they're called upon by our nation to go out and fight our nation's battles, it's with the best training … now who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"