By Maj. Gabby Thompson, 3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas  – Command Sgt. Maj. Shade S. Munday relinquished responsibility of the 3d Cavalry Regiment in a ceremony here earlier today.

Munday relinquished responsibility after serving as command sergeant major of the 3d Cavalry Regiment since December 2020.

Col. Kevin D. Bradley, 3d Cavalry Regiment commander, presided over the ceremony.

After the short ceremonial passing of the colors, symbolizing Munday’s relinquishment of responsibility, both Munday and Bradley gave their remarks to the audience.

Though Munday and Bradley met just minutes prior to assuming responsibility and command of the 3d Cavalry Regiment in December, their leadership bond quickly formed and hardened in just months.

“Thank you for your counsel, your commitment to our vision, and most of all your friendship,” Bradley said. “Although you will only be a few blocks down the street, your daily leadership will be missed.”

Munday has been a champion for change in the 3d Cavalry Regiment, leading with his mantra of “winning matters.”

“Command Sgt. Maj. Munday drove positive change these past few months,” said Bradley. “I’ve never seen him walk or run past a correction, not once has he lacked moral courage,” he continued.

Prior to the relinquishment ceremony, Munday was inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint George during a traditional knighting ceremony. Established in 1986 by the United States Cavalry and Armor Association, the Order of St. George recognizes the very best tankers and cavalrymen among its members.

As he addressed Munday, Bradley said “I can honestly say I’ve had fun each day and I’m certainly glad you now know that everything is just a little bit better when you’re in Stetsons and spurs.”

Munday will assume responsibility of the 1st Cavalry Division as the division command sergeant major in a ceremony on Cooper Field Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

“Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart,” Munday said during his remarks. “I came to the regiment as an engineer, but I’m leaving as a cavalryman.”

Sgt. Hunter Wilson, U.S. Army Forces Command Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, hands Mrs. Heather Munday a bouquet of red roses, symbolizing the fulfillment and beauty of her time with the 3d Cavalry Regiment. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Andrew Touhey)
Command Sgt. Maj. Shade S. Munday passes the regimental colors to Col. Kevin D. Bradley, symbolizing his relinquishment of responsibility of the 3d Cavalry Regiment. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Andrew Touhey)
Col. Kevin D. Bradley, commander of the 3d Cavalry Regiment, taps Command Sgt. Maj. Shade S. Munday on the shoulder with his sabre, symbolizing his induction into the Order of Saint George. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Andrew Touhey)