New garrison CSM takes reins
Sapper NCO steps in to lead Soldiers at Fort Detrick
Fort Detrick Public Affairs
"NCOs come and NCOs go, but the sword stays razor sharp ..."
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick officially welcomed its new command sergeant major recently, during an assumption of responsibility ceremony at the Community Activity Center.
Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce accepted responsibility as the garrison's top NCO during ceremonies May 19. In an age-old ritual designed to highlight the responsibilities and dedication of the NCO corps, garrison leadership passed an NCO sword between the acting CSM, Sgt. Maj. Brian Stauffer, garrison commander Col. Judith Robinson and the incoming CSM.
"I am sure that the command teams, directors, troops, workforce and families will support him in his new position as he represents them daily here at Fort Detrick," said Jim Shaheen, who recently retired as garrison CSM.
Though Army NCOs no longer wear or use swords, the slender blade represents the history of the corps and the enlsted men and women who are responsible for the training and welfare of Soldiers.
Boyce comes to Fort Detrick from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. where he served as CSM for the 7th Engineer Battalion.
He has served at every level of the enlisted and NCO ranks, and has been stationed in Germany, Korea and the United States. He has deployed to serve and lead in Kosovo and during Operation Desert Shield/Storm as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom II, V and XI.
Boyce is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 54 and holds a bachelor's degree from Excelsior University.
An combat engineer and sapper by training, Boyce fills a position usually taken by a medic or medical services NCO.
"I'm proud and honored to be here," he said, "and am looking forward to the great things I know are in store for Fort Detrick."
The ceremony was attended by garrison and USAMRMC leadership and staff, and Soldiers and employees form the garrison and mission partners.
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