CAB welcomes new senior NCO to ‘Demon’ Family
From left, Command Sgt. Maj. Jake Werner, senior NCO, CAB, Sgt. Maj. Tony Dawson, brigade operations NCOIC, CAB, and Sgt. Landry Fahrenkrog, land and ammunition NCO, HHC, CAB, discuss the set up of a TOC Sept. 6 at Marshall Army Airfield. Werner officially assumed the duties as the senior NCO for the “Demon” Brigade in early August. Photo by: Sgt. Keven Parry, CAB.
Story by: Capt. Andrew Cochran
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The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division introduced the "Demon's" new senior noncommissioned officer during a Family fun run Aug. 10 at Marshall Army Airfield.
Command Sgt. Maj. Jake Werner, who joined the Army in 1988 as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter mechanic and crew chief, officially became the brigade's top enlisted Soldier during an informal ceremony.
"The only reason I am here is because of the Soldiers I took care of and my Family," Werner said.
A graduate of Roxana Senior High School, Roxana, Ill., Werner said he doesn't call any particular town his home. The son of retired refinery workers, Werner always considered joining the military. Prior to deciding on the Army, though, he said he talked to his parents and all branches of service to determine what fit him the best.
"I had a few things I was really interested in," the command sergeant major said. "One of them was aviation."
Throughout his 24-year career, Werner has served in assignments ranging from Black Hawk crew chief at Camp Humphreys, Korea, to recruiter at Recruiting Command Headquarters. All of Werner's jobs taught him the value of hard work, good mentorship and Family, he said.
"I have always been fortunate to have leadership that was engaged with keeping their subordinates aware of programs and opportunities," he said. "If the Army offers you something, and it isn't going to be detrimental to you, hurt the Family or cause hardship, do it. Whether schools, training or an assignment, take it, give it a swing."
Werner's wife, Brenda, a retired chief warrant officer 4 and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, is part of the team the senior noncommissioned counts on the most to provide inspiration for himself and for his Soldiers.
"The strength of Soldiers is the support they have from friends and Family," Werner said. "In my job, you spend a lot of time managing and ensuring Soldiers and Families are taken care of. Team Werner is an Army Family – solid in our values, and one of our biggest (priorities) is taking care of people."
Thinking back upon his career and how he ended up in the job he is now in, Werner offered a piece of advice to CAB Soldiers.
"You think you are private and the stuff you do right now isn't really going to matter, but it does," Werner said. "I wish I would have known the benefit of buckling down and spending more time as a junior Soldier working on college, so that later on, I wouldn't have had to work so hard on it. The Army is moving back to the time where the Soldiers who get promoted will have their civilian education, and if a Soldier decides to not stay in, he or she will already be ahead of their peers."