173rd ABCT welcomes new CSM


173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conducted a Change of Responsibility Ceremony, saying goodbye to Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholas A. Rolling, thanking him for his fidelity and service, and welcoming Command Sgt. Maj. Samuel D. Coston at the post gym Jan. 10.

The ceremony gave Rolling an opportunity to address his Sky Soldiers one last time before making his trek to 82nd Airborne Division, where he will take over the duties of senior enlisted advisor for 3rd Brigade, 82nd Division.

Rolling complimented the Paratroopers and reminded the crowd that filled the stands of the indoor stadium that noncommissioned officers are the backbone of the Army and he thanked Col. Andrew Rohling, the brigade commander for his support and mentoring, as well as welcomed Coston to the Sky Soldier Family.

Coston said he was there to help Soldiers. Coston emphasized that he is a phone call away regardless of the time, day or night and looked forward to leading the brigade as the command sergeant major.

For Rohling and Rolling, this tour together as a command team was nothing new. They went through Ranger training together and again served together in the 173rd, as well. Rohling shared with the crowd his memories of Rolling as a private first class through his tenure as the first sergeant of Chosen Company and ultimately senior enlisted advisor for the brigade.

Coston said that this assignment completes his goals and ambitions as a command sergeant major and even if he retires, this assignment will essentially be the pinnacle of his long career with the United States Army.

Coston said he very much wanted this challenge and looked forward to his duties with the 173rd ABCT.

Paratroopers, civilians and Family members lined up to say their goodbyes to the Rollings and welcomed the Coston Family to their new home.
As for the future, Coston said his immediate plans are to get out there with the troops and learn about the faces and names, meeting his new Sky Soldiers and ramping up for the deployment to Afghanistan.

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