This video serves as the virtual Change of Responsibility ceremony between Ted Copeland and Andrew Lombardo. Previously, Lombardo served as command sergeant major of the 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Md. He is a combat veteran who has served in every leadership position from team leader to division command sergeant major.
During his 34 years of distinguished military service, he has served in six overseas deployments including Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Joint Guard Bosnia, Operation Joint Guardian Kosovo, twice in service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Lombardo is a native New Yorker and in his civilian career, he serves as a police executive holding the rank of deputy inspector with the New York City Police Department.
As the 14th Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, Lombardo will be the principal enlisted adviser to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and other senior Army leaders on regulations, policies and quality of life issues related to nearly 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers. He will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, who has served in the position since March 2017.
Lombardo earned a Master’s of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville. He is a 2007 honor graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute and a 2016 graduate of the Naval Post-Graduate Institute Executive Leaders Course. Lombardo is a New York State licensed emergency medical technician and a nationally certified emergency medical technician.
Hello and thank you for joining us today for this change of responsibility ceremony between Command Sergeant Major Ted Copeland in Command Sergeant Major Andrew Lombardo. Due to the current travel restrictions in response to Kobe 19 we are unable to conduct ceremonies in the traditional sense. Our hope with this virtual ceremony is to honor the time and commitment command Sergeant Major Copeland gave to the soldiers of America’s Army Reserve into properly welcome command Sergeant Major Lombardo as 1/14 Command sergeant major of the Army Reserve. The change of responsibility is a simple yet traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage. The key to the ceremony is the passing of the colors. The very soul of the military unit is symbolized, and the colors under which it fights for their represent not only the lineage in honors of the unit, but also the loyalty in unity of its soldiers. The custodian of the colors is a command Sergeant Major who was a senior enlisted soldier in the unit and principal adviser to the Commander. Ladies and gentlemen, the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General U. S. Army Reserve Command Lieutenant General Charles Lucky Team doubling of six for my Virginia. Want to recognize a couple outstanding on commission officers in America’s Army Reserve saying you’re bita command Sergeant Major Ted Copeland on We’re gonna be welcome in command. Starmaker Lombardo your over the next few days Next week. Um, I wanted share with you a couple thoughts on both these great leaders. First and foremost our major Copel. So sorry, Major Copeland. It’s been doing an incredible job for this team for the last four years. He’s been out there every day in every way, embracing Commander’s intent, getting after standards, discipline, field craft, making sure we built an Army reserve that was the most capable, combat ready and lethal in the History Night states of America. But the NCL level every day in every way something drive that message and reinforce those fires were able to generate capability, were ever generate space and time. But when required. Now many of you heard me say this before, I didn’t think that the Kobe flight would be the fight we’d end up just four years with, in terms of where we had to generate capability in the speed in which we had to do it The reality is we could never have done what we did over the last six weeks or so. If sorry made a Copeland, other non commissioned officers and inside Americans honors consistently pounding away, getting us more ready, more focused on radios, more capable, moving fast thinking with more agility about how we’re gonna generate capability at speed. Besides what we call our effects. I told you for years now, and I keep telling you were all in our effects and nobody but nobody has mild that better. So he’s going to go on Teoh Other cool stuff in Ohio. I’m sure Grace got a bunch of different things that he’s supposed to do when he gets back to his hometown. But I’ll tell you this. He’ll be a soldier for life. He will continue to message for all of us out there across America. What right looks like And make sure that we continue to remember that in uniform or out of uniform or all soldiers 24 7 forever, and we serve the people. United States. I had a massive impact on America’s honors, or, and he has done a fantastic job of setting us up for success will move into the future as to the future. So so, Major Lombardo, another MP, I might add, coming to us from New York City on from his former experiences that commit its CSM of the 200 MP command. Another strong leader coming to us with energy with enthusiasm, ready to pick up where start Major Copeland dropped off and keep moving forward. We’re going to continue into the future to build the most capable, combat ready and lethal Fedders. Air Force in History is Asian American, and I’m looking for start measure Lombardo, who I personally picked with his job to make sure that the focus on standards disciplined and getting after doing the right stuff the right way continues to happen. Not commissioned officer corps, but also as an example for all of the officers out there, many of whom have learned an awful lot, if not most, of what they know from NGOs and soldiers over the years of experience. It’s on a welcome sergeant command. So making Lombard to this new job, I’ve already talked to him about it in many respects about challenges off the scope of it. I reminded him that you’re moving to a level now where you’re responsible for 200,000 soldiers, veins across 20 times over 350,000 family members. Big job, a lot of responsibility and its strategic and scope. So I want all of you to do two things for me. Number one. Just bombard side Major Copeland, but with farewell notes and thanks for everything he’s done for this team. And the other one is, make sure you give a very warm welcome and a supportable to the incoming command sergeant major of Americans Army Reserve. These are leaders that have every every day in every way continued model right? Looks like for soldiers across this force. I’m confident that whether they’re in uniform or out of uniform will continue to do it. Ladies and gentlemen, the 13th Command Sergeant major of the Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major Ted Copeland. His commands are major Ted Copeland, coming from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for all who’s watching. Hopefully you’re having a good Army day and appreciate you taking the time to review the footage of the virtual change of responsibility. I would say first thank you to the tenant General. Lucky, who had selected me to be the Army Reserve. America’s Army Reserve commands are major. It’s been a great 3.5 years, and I appreciate him having the confidence in me to do it. Not everyone else out there. Thank you again for being here. If you’re a leader, thank you as a leader. If you’re a soldier, thank you a soldier for being a soldier in America’s Army Reserve. So last 3.5 years been very busy for me in America’s Army Reserve has been truly an honor to serve the soldiers and the civilians of our great Army Reserve. I’ve been a lot of places and interact with a lot of soldiers. What I found was their outstanding. They’re sacrificing their time, their families, time and even their employers time to do what they have to do for the Army Reserve. What have we been doing? Well, what we have been doing is my thing from very from the very beginning, and shows take charge and Dr Readiness. So what did that really mean? It means our good noncommissioned officers taking personal ownership of their Selves and their soldiers rain iss. So what’s readiness mean radiance was medical training. If you’re a non commission officer doing your leader, train your non commission officer education classes or if you’re a soldier getting whatever education you need for your job skill or your duty title, things have changed. You know, I’ve worked with the non commission officer corps, the senior CS elms and all the non commissioned officers, and they embraced this and help me along the way. So the culture has changed, how we train our soldiers and how we produce rain is where soldier readiness for individual or for the unit so they’re deployable at any time. If called a few examples, that was what we’ve done for last several months. Cove in 19 response. All the use that activated and deployed forward in America across America to get after where it was medical or the sustainment other medical forces to help our citizens. You get better and get through the crisis. I know the crisis not over and we’re still working on. But these soldiers were prepared because of what we’ve done for last three years. One being ready ourselves. I want to say thank you to all the soldiers and not commission officers and the officers of our reserve for doing what they have for last three years and helped us along the way. I’ve been a non commission officer for 30 3.5 years in my almost 36 years of service. I believe the Army universe rolls around the non commission officer corps or it should. So what’s that mean? That means not commission officers, As I said, early taken, charge own and results just not talking about what has to be done and not getting after it. Noncommissioned officers need to go further and new heights. I know you’re on your way. I just need you to keep driving at as you move forward. So in closing, I would say a few words to commands are Major Andrew Lombardo. Hey, Battle, You and I have worked together a lot over with over last 15 so years. I have full faith and confidence that you’re gonna take this ball and you’re going to run it forward. Maybe not get to the end zone, but you’re gonna move it down the field. Some, you know, words of wisdom to you that was provided me many years ago. I’m giving up the foxhole to you. You know, it was told to me a long time ago when you got the foxhole make improvements. I believe we made some improvements. You know, I made some improvements with a lot of help from you and my fellow CS, EMS and soldiers America’s Army Reserve. So hand the foxhole to you. You know, I think we got the dug deep enough. I think we got good frontal coverage. I think we got the grenade sums. I think your job now is to start building the overhead cover, get the range car done, and see how far you go before you hand it off to the next command star, Major. So you know, if your luck to you, I’m out here. My phone will be on for a while for you, But I’ll let you know what? I’m going to shut it off. You’re not going to get me gnome or so, but I’ll be there as long as you need me. Battle a few people I want to thank first is my wife Grace. She’s been with me on the whole journey. We’ve been married over 37 years. So when I came into the Army and went on active duty. She came into the Army on active duty. With me. She’s sacrificed a lot and I over a lot. So I want to say, Thank you, dear. And I love you to my oldest child, my daughter Anna. She’s lived his dream the whole time to She was two years old when when I went on to active duty 37 years ago. She’s been many places, and she’s grown up without her dad a lot. So I want to say thank you for for all her support, her helping her mother and her brothers, her two brothers, as they grew with me not being gone to my middle child. My son Travis. He was born on active duty of Fort Campbell. You know, he’s been through this almost a whole run to same thing. Sacrifice that wasn’t there, were grown up, Um, you know, and he support his mom as he got older and helped, and I truly appreciate that. And the last is my youngest child, my son Trevor, who was born in 1997 and he’s lived for much everything since 9 11 And that wasn’t around a lot in those last in the last 20 some years deployed, immobilize, deployed four times This job. In last 3.5 years, I’ve been gone. And he sacrificed just as much as his siblings and his mother. So to the whole family, I want to say thank you for everything. I owe you a lot. We come home soon and I’ll be paying back. I’m sure not everyone else. All the leaders I’ve worked for, all the soldiers I’ve worked with. And four, I would say Thank you. Been a great run. Um, would have changed a thing. Changed me completely. Changed my family. Everything you’ve done for me and with me and your luck in your future endeavors. If you’re still in the army, hopefully your Army career keeps going well, and good luck to you there, and I’m gonna close it out now. This is double Eagle seven. Commands are Major Copeland. Sign off the net. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, The 14th Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve Command. Sergeant Major Andrew Lombardo, team. Good morning. Good morning. General officers, distinguished guests, army civilians, fellow non commissioned officers and soldiers and my family and friends watching at home. I first thank General lucky for allowing me the opportunity to serve in this position of trust. When I give speeches, I tend to talk about history, unit history, colors, battles and the importance of knowing where we came from. I’ve had the great honor of serving with Gold Sword brigade, the soldiers of the century, the battle babies and serving of the troops for the troops. Today I represent 112 years of Army reserves soldering across 20 time zones. Though I assure you I’m not that old. Though my first annual training was in the Army Reserve was way back in 1988 at Fort Dix. Now Joint Base McGuire, Dix Lakehurst. If you’ve ever been to JB MDL, you’ve seen the statue of the soldier on the advance. The inscription says this monument is dedicated to the only indispensable instrument of war. The American soldier, the ultimate weapon. That description inspired me 32 years ago. It inspired me when it was my first unit insignia as a command Sergeant Major and inspires me Now 190,000 of us today are on the advance where a group of men and women of every race, color and creed striving together to be the ultimate weapon. We’re all soldiers defending the Constitution and the values embedded in it, like those who served before us through a 112 years of the Army reserves. Storied history Army Reserve soldiers are indispensable whether we’re securing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, defending freedom in the Centcom area of operations, executing communication strategies, influencing and disrupting our adversaries, decision making processes or, most recently answering the nation’s call as urban augmentation, Medical task forces and mortuary affairs teams I never forget. In the Army Reserve you can do both. You’re also citizens, grocery store clerks, factory workers, teachers, sanitation workers, engineers, firefighters, gas station attendants, cooks, computer geeks, truck drivers, doctors, business owners, lawyers, E. M. T s and like me cops. We can meet any challenge thrown at us in 2020 and beyond. The ultimate weapon statue has had a few refreshers here and there, and we have to. We’re going from push ups and sit ups to Shelagh runs and light trucks, from jeeps to joint light tactical vehicles from pinks and greens all the way back to the new army greens. We’re not just stronger and faster were smarter, more innovative and more lethal. Even with at home, haircuts were ready. We must remain remain that way in the face of today’s many challenges. We meet these challenges head on, and, as always, we’ll meet them because of who we are. I follow an ultimate weapon in command. Sergeant Major Ted Copeland. I’m honored for the opportunity. Build on command soldier Major Copeland success and to lead into the development of the next generation of soldiers. Non commissioned officers and leaders in United States Army Reserve Double Eagle seven Signing on the Net. Traditionally, the color bear passes the colors to command Sergeant Major Copeland, who in turn passes the colors to Lieutenant General Lucky, symbolizing the relinquish mint of responsibility and the authority as the Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major lieutenant general Lucky passes the colors to command Sergeant Major Lombardo, charging him with the responsibility and authority that comes with that position. We would like to thank you all for joining us for today’s ceremony. Have a great Army Day