By Brittini Ray
Fort Stewart has been home to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex for the last 18 months.
But on Tuesday, he bid the Coastal Georgia military installation farewell as he heads to Fort Hood, Texas, to serve as the 3rd Corps command sergeant major.
Hendrex was the 28th command sergeant major of the 3rd Infantry Division. Prior to his arrival at Fort Stewart, Hendrex was served as the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan CSM.
“It has been an amazing journey,” Hendrex said Tuesday morning after relinquishing responsibility to Maj. Gen. Leo Quintas, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. “Thank you so much for everything.... It’s been a true honor to be the division’s command sergeant major.”
A native of Norman, Okla., Hendrex enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1990. The outgoing division command sergeant major has served with the 3rd ID since July 2017.
During his tenure, the division completed a tour to Afghanistan, returning early 2018. Hendrex was previously assigned to Fort Stewart in the early 1990s, according to officials.
He has also served in the 1st Armored, 3rd Infantry, 24th Infantry and 10th Mountain Divisions, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the Asymmetric Warfare Group, both stateside and overseas.
Quintas described Hendrex as a “tireless advocate” for soldiers and non-commissioned officers.
“We talk about incentivizing deployability and Comm. Sgt. Maj. Hendrex found a way to do just that,” Quintas said. ” He was instrumental in rebuilding joint reception staging onward movement integration in Afghanistan. This program provides critical final training to soldiers prior to their movement to operation areas across Afghanistan.... It’s hard for me to believe that we’re saying farewell to the Hendrex family — they just got here. I don’t know if 18 months have ever passed so quickly... He has always found the fun in what we’ve done. It’s just been incredible and enjoyable to work with him. We are truly going to miss you.”
Hendrex’s replacement has not yet been determined, according to officials.