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Mettler assumes responsibility for 153rd Engineer Battalion

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2014

Command Sgt. Maj. George Arends, 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, hands incoming 153rd Engineer Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Mettler the noncommissioned officers sword during a change-of-responsibility ceremony at the Huron National Guard Armory. The passing of the sword signifies the relinquishing of responsibility and authority from the outgoing to the incoming command sergeant major. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. ARMY NATIONAL GUARD/SGT. TABITHA CARR

HURON — Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Mettler of Sioux Falls assumed responsibility of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 153rd Engineer Battalion senior noncommissioned officer position during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Huron National Guard Armory.

Mettler assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Burgeson, who has held the position since October 2008.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Burgeson is an outstanding noncommissioned officer who has contributed greatly to the engineer battalion and is an asset to any organization he is a part of, and I wish him luck in his new assignment,” said Lt. Col. David Dailey, 153rd Engineer Battalion commander.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Mettler is another great example of what you look for in the top NCO of an organization and I am expecting great things from him,” he said.

“He brings a different set of skills that will provide a new perspective to the battalion command sergeant major position and will continue the legacy of excellence that is the 153rd Engineer Battalion,” Dailey said.

Mettler has served in the National Guard for 25 years and is transferring from the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Sioux Falls.

“I am grateful to be part of one of the best battalions in the South Dakota Army National Guard,” Mettler said. “I look forward to mentoring and leading the soldiers of the 153rd.”

Burgeson, who has served in the engineer field for 26 years, both on active duty and in the National Guard, will transfer to the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade as the chief operations sergeant.

“I would like to say thank you to the thousands of soldiers and leaders that have touched my life and helped me along the way. I will miss the day to day camaraderie I have shared with all of the soldiers of the 153rd,” Burgeson said.

The 153rd has about 845 soldiers in seven units throughout 12 South Dakota communities.

The battalion assists assigned units in meeting training, administrative and logistical requirements to maintain the unit’s readiness in support of their state and federal missions.

For the complete article see the 02-09-2014 issue.

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