By Benjamin Abel
USAJFKSWCS Public Affairs Office
The Pete addressed by Brig. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School deputy commanding general, is the newly appointed Command Sgt. Maj. Peter J. Sabo, who is married to Jackie – the newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Jacqueline M. Sabo.
During a unique ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium here, July 14, the Sabos were both charged with the responsibilities of their new offices, and were joined by family members in changing their rank insignia.
Sacolick lauded the Sabo family for their selfless service, including Peter’s father Thomas W. Sabo, a retired Army major general who administered the commissioning oath to Jacqueline.
“Everybody has been to a commissioning ceremony, and we have all been to an appointment ceremony,” Sacolick said. “But I’d have to check in the annals of Army history to see if a commissioning and appointment has been done for the same family at the same time.”
Peter Sabo received his appointment to command sergeant major as he departs USAJFKSWCS after a year serving as the command’s senior Army Reserve enlisted advisor. Sacolick praised Peter Sabo for the work he has done to increase the number of Army Reserve instructors teaching at the Center and School as well as being selected for appointment to command sergeant major.
Speaking of the day’s events, Peter noted that the ceremony “shows the dedication of our family to the defense of the nation.”
A Civil Affairs noncommissioned officer, Peter lamented leaving USAJFKSWCS and the Civil Affairs community. The Sabos, both of upstate New York, will next move to Ft. McCoy, Wisc., with their son, Jackson, where Peter will serve as the command sergeant major for 4th Battalion, 339th Regiment, 84th Division headquarters. Jacqueline will work as a budget analyst for the 88th Regional Readiness Command and will attend Battle Assembly with her unit at Ft. McCoy.
“I’m really happy we were able to do this together,” said Jacqueline, who served as a human resources noncommissioned officer prior to her commissioning. She will continue her service as a personnel officer.
Col. Benjamin McDonald, the USAJFKSWCS Senior Army Reserve Advisor, said that the Sabos will be missed at the Center and School and within the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Community.
“I hate seeing them go; they are good Soldiers,” McDonald said.