Fort Stewart’s Noncommissioned Officers Academy has a new commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Lindsey G. Streeter.
Streeter accepted responsibility for the academy in a ceremony on Cottrell Field Friday morning. Brig. Gen. John Hort, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-real, was reviewing officer for the ceremony.
Streeter fills a position that has been vacant since last year when Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Pegues became 3rd ID rear detachment command sergeant major. According to Streeter, senior academy leaders 1st Sgt. Melecio H. Campos, Master Sgt. Edward J. Bryant and 1st Sgt. Eric T. Jefferson have acted as commandant. Jokingly calling it a “3-headed monster,” Streeter commended them for keeping the academy running efficiently.
“The NCO Academy exists for the sole purpose of training junior soldiers to be noncommissioned officers,” Streeter said. “Today’s Army will need its NCOs to train soldiers to be ready and resilient. That is what the NCO does.”
Streeter thanked Hort and guests, including Connie Abrams, wife of Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, 3rd ID commander, and Sherry Watson, wife of 3rd ID Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson. Streeter thanked friends and family, including his wife of 22 years, Mary Ann, and his mother who recently turned 80.
“All rules and policies are still in effect,” Streeter said as he turned his attention to the formation of NCO Academy cadre present. “Our deeds will always exceed our words.”
Hort said, “The NCO Academy here at Fort Stewart has been around since 1978, and it continues to produce the kind of leaders that always set the example.”
He said militaries around the world try to replicate how the U.S. Army trains its soldiers to become leaders.
“I know I speak for Maj. Gen. Abrams when I say we have full confidence in Command Sgt. Maj. Streeter to help train the next generation of leaders.” Hort said.
Streeter began is Army career in 1985. Most recently, he has been as command sergeant major for the Nashville, Tenn., Recruiting Battalion.