25 May 2012
Left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce, Garrison Commander Allan Darden, Command Sgt. Maj. Cassandra Redd
Garrison Command Staff Transfers Responsibility to New Sergeant Major

By: Shannon Bishop

USAG Public Affairs

Fort Detrick Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce passed the sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Cassandra Redd, symbolizing the relinquishing of his responsibility, May 24 on the Blue and Grey Field.

Boyce began his assignment at Fort Detrick June 2011.  “You have truly demonstrated you are a leader in every sense of the word,” said Fort Detrick Garrison commander, Allan Darden. “Battle buddy and friend, I have been honored to serve with you.”

Darden looks forward to the continued relationship with Boyce for years to come.

“I came to be your Garrison Sergeant Major and I must say I have enjoyed it very much,” Boyce said. “There are so many of you I would like to thank for the support you have given me.”

Boyce emphasized the importance of not being afraid of change. He highlighted the great work he has seen at Fort Detrick over the last year and thanked the senior command team for all they have done.

Boyce left two things for thought at the ceremony, “Do you, and make memories, because one day that is all we will have left,” he said.

“We may be small in size, but we are giants in what we do,” Boyce said. “Give Command Sergeant Major Redd the same support you gave me.”

 Redd is looking forward to being a part of the command staff and the community of Frederick. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to stand here today as your new Command Sergeant Major of the Garrison,” she said.

Redd joked about learning all of the acronyms.  “I’ve learned that I need to carry around a smart card that has all the acronyms on it. I’m still learning all of them, but I will get it.” Redd said.

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