Col. Michael J. Talley (right), commander of the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, passes the Noncommissioned Officer Sword to Sgt. Maj. Jorge Rodriguez (left) in the official Assumption of Responsibility ceremony at Fort Detrick Nov. 16. Rodriguez then returned the sword to 1st Sgt. Delgado (center), Keeper of the NCO Sword. (Photo courtesy of Fort Detrick VI)
The 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, held an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony at the Fort Detrick (Md.) Community Activities Center Nov. 16. Sgt. Maj. Jorge M. Rodriguez took up his duties as the unit’s Senior Enlisted Advisor, receiving formal recognition from Col. Michael J. Talley, 6MLMC commander. In assuming this new role, Rodriguez replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Kelsey, who served with 6MLMC for three years.
Serving as Presiding Officer, Talley said, “For me, it is truly humbling to host this important milestone in the rich history of the 6th, as well as an important milestone in the extraordinary career of one of our very best Non-commissioned Officers, Sgt. Maj. Jorge Rodriquez.”
“He comes to us with an exemplary background well-suited for an organization such as ours,” said Talley. “He has served in a number of key and developmental positions and tough assignments throughout his career. It is fortuitous for the 6th that he recently served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Medical Capabilities Integration Center, the AMEDD’s [U.S. Army Medical Department] high-level strategic think tank.”
A native of Lima, Peru, Rodriguez is a graduate of class 58 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, where he was presented with the opportunity to excel by making the Commandant’s List. Throughout his military career, he has served in a number of key positions, including Medical Capabilities Integration Center Senior Enlisted Advisor, AMEDD Center and School, Joint Base San Antonio; DCA/Medical Logistics Sergeant Major, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; and Platoon Sergeant, 523rd Medical Company (DS), Germany. Rodriguez also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/ Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Rodriguez has completed a wide range of military coursework, including the Capabilities/Combat Developers Course, the Safety NCO Course, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Level II Course, Recruiting School, Equal Opportunity Leaders, Air Assault Course, Cold Weather Indoctrination Course (Fort Greely, Alaska), Preventive Dentistry Course, Dental Leadership Development Course and all levels of the NCO Education System. In addition, he graduated from Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources and Development.
The sergeant major’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendations Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism, Air Assault Badge, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Chief of Staff Award.
Although the formal recognition occurred at the ceremony, Rodriguez has quickly ramped up since signing into the unit Oct. 10. In the past month, the sergeant major has attended the Medical Logistics Conference hosted by U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center – Southwest Asia, and has helped the 6MLMC team respond to the relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
“We refer to this ceremony as an Assumption of Responsibility,” said Talley, “but I will tell you, this Sergeant Major we’re recognizing today is assuming COMMAND of the Army’s only Medical Logistics Management Center, and I’m proud to call him my Sergeant Major!”