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NEWS | Jan. 17, 2023

U.S. Army Pacific Headquaters and Headquaters Battalion Conducted a Change of Resonsibility Ceremony

By Pfc. Christopher Smith U.S. Army Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Army Pacific bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason J. Fillmore, U.S. Army Pacific Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion command sergeant major, and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Brian D. Seager, during a Change of Responsibility ceremony on Historic Palm Circle, here, Jan. 11.


“Preparing for today's ceremony led me to reflect on the significance of this event,” said Lt. Col. Kerry Brunais, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion commander. “It’s a humbling reminder that as leaders, our time and position is short compared to the long history of Soldiers in the Pacific.”


Change of responsibility ceremonies are Army traditions that allow a unit the opportunity to both celebrate the success of outgoing leaders and formally welcome leaders in positions like command sergeant major the senior noncommissioned officer at battalion or higher units whose primary role is to advise the commander on all issues related to the enlisted ranks, and take care of people every day.


As the command sergeant major for a four-star level command headquarters battalion, Filmore and Seagers efforts have strategic level impact on readiness across the Indo-Pacific theater.


Brunais said, “Our daily activities become a part of the unit's history, challenging us to perform to the highest standards every day. Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Fillmore has done just that. The battalion is clearly better for it.”


Filmore enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1993, completing Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, where he trained to become a Human Resources Specialist. He served 30 years in the Army, with his last unit being U.S. Army Pacific.


“To me, serving others is what military service is all about,” said Filmore. “Not just giving off lip service, but actually putting one's hands to the plow for the greater good of the organization and also those that are placed in their care as a leader.”


Fillmore went on to say that he is more than confident that Seager would go on to move the battalion to higher heights.


“To the Soldiers of HHBN, I'm excited to be on this team with you and I look forward to working hard and continuing to give the support we provide,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Brian D. Seager. “I'll work hard for you guys, and I'm your advocate.”


Seager entered active service in September 2003 and attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal training at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He previously served at U.S. Army Pacific and has a profound understanding of the Theater Army Strategy for the Indo-Pacific.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, teammates and families bid farewell to Filmore and thanked him for his service and the legacy he leaves with the unit and the Army