• 15th MP Brigade welcomes new CSM

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Outgoing 15th Military Police Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Cereghino relinquished responsibility to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. William Ramsey in a ceremony May 18 on Main Parade.
    “Today’s ceremony, and all it represents, is not simply one of our most cherished and important traditions,” said 15th MP Brigade Commander and U.S. Disciplinary Barracks Commandant Col. Dawn Hilton. “It represents the continuing recognition of who we are and what we value as leaders, military police men and women and the execution of corrections — the exercise of leadership, the unconditional nature of accountability and the high standards while walking the line each and every day.”
    Cereghino took responsibility June 15, 2016. His prior duty stations and assignments include Fort Knox, Ky.; Mannheim, Germany; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Fort Bliss, Texas; command sergeant major, 508th MP Battalion (Internment and Resettlement); and operations sergeant major, 6th Military Police Group (CID). His next assignment is in Hawaii.
    He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and has been awarded the Order of the Marechaussee.
    “(Cereghino) is a leader of character, a subject matter expert in detention and corrections operations and one who balances the need of the mission with the care for the soldiers who execute it,” Hilton said.
    “I watched him quietly and professionally lead and inspire all of those around him — soldiers, leaders and civilians at all levels — both in our day-to-day routines and especially when the going got tough and the path forward was unclear. (He) is always ready to step in and lend a hand, encouragement or sage counsel.”
    Cereghino said Fort Leavenworth is why he stayed in the Army when he started his career as a private.
    “My initial intent was to do three years and get out, but this place, the leaders I had and the friendships I made changed all that,” he said. “(Fort) Leavenworth is where I learned to be a soldier and what it meant to be a corrections professional.”
    Cereghino offered advice for Ramsey.
    “You couldn’t be part of a better organization,” he said. “Trust the judgement of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, officers, (noncommissioned officers) and civilians and most importantly, enjoy the ride because you will blink and it will be over.”
    Ramsey joined the Army in July 1989. His duty stations include Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Fort Bliss, Texas; Alexandria, Va.; Camp Humphreys, Korea; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Mannheim, Germany; Fort Richardson, Alaska; Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Sinop, Turkey.
    He was awarded the Order of Marechaussee by the Military Police Regimental Association in 2010.
    “You are sharpened and ready for the awesome responsibility of leadership where I know you will continue our brigade’s tradition of excellence,” Hilton said. “You will be tested and you will certainly be challenged, but what you bring to the table makes you the perfect choice to take the mantle of senior noncommissioned leadership.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Ramsey said he was humbled to be selected.
    “This brigade sets the standard for correctional excellence in everything we do. Additionally, this brigade prepares and deploys units and individual soldiers in support of unified land operations. It’s a very busy brigade with an extremely important ‘no-fail’ mission,” he said. “I look forward to serving with each and every one of you as we continue to adapt and move forward, setting the standards for Army corrections.”
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