Farewell ceremony bids goodbye, hello


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U.S. Army Alaska soldiers bid farewell to their current top enlisted soldier and welcomed his replacement during a change of responsibility ceremony April 11, in the Buckner Physical Fitness Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Bernie Knight relinquished his job as USARAK’s command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. Terry D. Gardner, who will serve as the senior enlisted soldier in Alaska and advisor to the USARAK commanding general, Maj. Gen. Michael H. Shields.

Gardner entered the Army in February 1984. He completed Basic Training at Fort Sill, Okla., and advanced training at Fort Gordon, Ga. Gardner most recently served as the command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Riley, Kan.

His deployments include Operation Safe Haven in Panama, Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one rotation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Gardner is a graduate of every Noncommissioned Officer Education System school from the Warrior Leaders Course the Sergeants Major Course. He is also a graduate of the Combat Lifesaver Course, Air Assault Course, Airborne Course, Ranger Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Course, Light TACFIRE Course, First Sergeant Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, SERE Course, Joint Fire Power Control Course and the Naval Ground Spotter Course.

Knight, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, entered the United States Marine Corps in 1981. He attended Infantry Training School, and served as an Infantry Rifleman, Team Leader, 60mm Mortar Crewmember and Scout Sniper.

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