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Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love speaks at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love speaks at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love speaks at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love speaks at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

CSTC-A Commander Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes, right, thanks the outgoing command sergeant major of CSTC-A, Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell, for his work in Afghanistan at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

CSTC-A Commander Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes, right, thanks the outgoing command sergeant major of CSTC-A, Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell, for his work in Afghanistan at a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell, from left, Army Sgt. Maj. Rita Williams, Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes and Army Command Sgt. Maj.Jack Love participate in a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell, from left, Army Sgt. Maj. Rita Williams, Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes and Army Command Sgt. Maj.Jack Love participate in a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love, from left, Army Sgt. Maj. Rita Williams, Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell and Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes participate in a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love, from left, Army Sgt. Maj. Rita Williams, Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell and Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes participate in a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Sgt. David M. Evans/U.S. Army)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan welcomed a new command sergeant major on Thursday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jack H. Love took over from Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Schnell at a change-of-responsibility ceremony at NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul.

Love, who enlisted in the Army in 1998, will be the senior enlisted adviser to CSTC-A Commander Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes and liaise between her and enlisted troops.

“I will hold myself to a very high standard,” Love said. “I will treat everyone with dignity and respect, and I will do my very best in support of our mission.”

Love served in Afghanistan once before and also completed five combat tours in Iraq.

He replaced Schnell, who had held the command sergeant major position for only a few months. The Meritorious Service Medal recipient was called in to fill a gap left by his predecessor, who shifted to the 3rd Infantry Division at Bagram Air Field.

Despite the short stint, Fontes said, Schnell excelled in the position and would be missed. “His contribution to the success of CSTC-A, to Resolute Support and to Operation Freedom’s Sentinel will be long-lasting,” she said. CSTC-A is part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission aimed at developing Afghan security forces. It provides resources and training in areas such as management and sustainability.

wellman.phillip@stripes.com Twitter: @PhillipWellman

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Phillip is a reporter and photographer for Stars and Stripes, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. From 2016 to 2021, he covered the war in Afghanistan from Stripes’ Kabul bureau. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

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