Robert Bowen

Nash County Detention Center Administrator Capt. Robert Bowen, second from left, stands with his mom, Thelma Bowen, wife, Paula, and son, Jordan, from left, after he was promoted to command sergeant major in the N.C. National Guard during a change of command ceremony in Fayetteville.

Nash County Detention Center Administrator Capt. Robert Bowen, who is also a 30-year N.C. National Guardsman serving as a sergeant major, recently participated in a change of command ceremony in Fayetteville where he was promoted to command sergeant major.

Bowen took responsibility as the command sergeant major of the 1-252 Armor Regiment. The ceremony included an exchange of the noncommissioned officer sword representing the change of responsibility as the division’s senior noncommissioned officer to Bowen.

The 1-252 Armor Regiment is a Combined Arms Battalion (CAB) of the 30th Armor Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) in the N.C. National Guard. The 1-252 Armor Regiment consists of 800 soldiers in six companies — one Infantry, two Armor, a Forward Support and a Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

The battalion is spread over eastern North Carolina with armories in Fayetteville, Williamston, Smithfield, Southern Pines, Sanford, Parkton and Red Springs.

Bowen’s family, friends and peers witnessed the change of command ceremony. Also in attendance was Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone and Maj. Miste Strickland.