The 66th Military Intelligence Brigade bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Downs and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Matthews during a ceremony Jan. 5 at Clay Kaserne.
“The CSM is the eyes and ears of the commander and the voice of the Soldiers,” Col. Devon Blake, 66th MI commander, said during the ceremony.
She explained the responsibilities of a command sergeant major, such as enforcing standards and discipline, helping to ensure the safety, health and well-being of their unit members and relaying the commander’s intent.
“In addition to these responsibilities, for nearly three years, Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Downs’ leadership was integral to the most diverse, geographically dispersed Theater Intelligence Brigade in INSCOM,” Blake said.
She went on to highlight his many accomplishments during his tenure and thanked him for his honest input and advice. “I always knew that you would tell me like it is.”
Blake then welcomed Matthews and his family, who have already been serving in Wiesbaden for two and a half years.
“I promise to give you the best that I have,” Matthews told fellow brigade members.