Indianhead Division welcomes new senior enlisted leader
By MARCUS FICHTL | STARS AND THE STRIPES Published: December 1, 2017
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division has a new senior enlisted adviser to help oversee its move from camps near the Demilitarized Zone to a state-of-the-art base south of Seoul.
Division Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Barretto took responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Mitchell on Friday during a ceremony at Camp Casey.
“[Barretto’s] fired up and ready to go,” said Maj. Gen. Scott McKean, the division’s commander.
Barretto, former commandant for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Drum, N.Y., arrives on the peninsula with 26 years of experience that includes previous tours to Korea and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He’ll serve as McKean’s adviser while the unit moves to a new home at Camp Humphreys and during at a time of high tensions in the region. Experts say an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by the North on Wednesday could reach targets as far as 8,100 miles away, putting the U.S. capital within reach.
Barretto told those gathered to watch the change of responsibility that it will take tough, disciplined troops trained under rigorous conditions to meet the division’s goals.
“Military service is about teamwork,” he said.