FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto
Rico - During a change of responsibility ceremony, the 166th Regional
Support Group bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Rene A. Berlingieri and
welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Jose E. Nieves as the RSGs senior enlisted advisor, January
31, at Maxie Williams Field, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
They symbol of this
highly revered position, and key to the ceremony, is the passing of the Noncommissioned
Officer sword which perpetually remains in the care and control of the command
sergeant major holding the most senior enlisted position of the 166th RSG.
Before a crowd of leadership, Soldiers, family and friends, Berlingieri relinquished
responsibility and authority of the 166th RSG to Nieves with the
passing of the sword.
Col. Mike Caraballo, commander of the 166th RSG, praised Berlingieri
and his work ethic during his remarks.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Berlingieri has always demonstrated his commitment and
dedication to our Nation and Soldiers," said Caraballo. "He always
exemplifies the values and leadership skills as a Soldier and senior NCO of the
Berlingieri enlisted in the Army after graduating high school in 1988. During
his career, Berlingieri has served in every leadership position from squad
leader to command sergeant major. In his role as the 166th RSG command sergeant
major, Berlingieri was the top enlisted Soldier for the 166th RSG and
worked as an advocate for other enlisted Soldiers.
"When I first became command sergeant major, I was the youngest command
sergeant major to serve in the 166th and was asked if I was nervous,"
said Berlingieri in his heartfelt comments. "I wasn’t nervous, I was excited
to jump in and start creating new programs to the support the NCO Corps with my
Berlingieri, who arrived at the 166th RSG in June 2011 from his previous
position as the Command Sgt. Maj. of the 210th RSG, will be retiring
from the Army in the coming months.
During his time at the
166th, Berlingieri helped develop programs to aide NCOs with promotions and career
progression. “Being the CSM of this great organization has given me the
opportunity to grow as a leader, a friend, a brother, a son, a father and a
human being but most importantly, it has helped me grow as a Soldier,” said
In his first address
as the 166th RSG's senior enlisted advisor, Nieves thanked Berlingieri and expressed
his gratitude for all the accomplishments he has made through the years.
"After 5 years under the 177th Armor Division, I am coming back
home to the 1st Mission Support Command," said Nieves. "Last year I was
invited to a 1st MSC command brief and I remember Brig. Gen. Burgos
emphasizing the importance of readiness. I would like to build on that, to
guarantee readiness, we have to develop and enforce good NCOs and I am committed
to working hard with my two battalion command sergeant majors to guarantee this
Nieves is a native to Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and comes to the 166TH RSG from
the 2/348th CS/CSSB at Fort Buchanan, PR.