A list of Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Myers’ achievements filled nearly half a page in the program handed out to spectators at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Marne Garden on Fort Stewart.
She added another before the morning was over, becoming the first woman to be named the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield garrison sergeant major. Not that Myers was the one to bring that up.
“I’m a soldier just like everybody else,” said Myers, a native Georgian. “One of the great things about our Army is it provides equal opportunity for all to excel.”
Still, becoming a garrison command sergeant major is a big deal, she said.
“It’s not too often as an enlisted soldier you get to rise to the rank of this level,” Myers said. “I’m excited to be able to get out there and serve the community. This is a great place to be stationed. It’s a homecoming.”
Myers has served on Fort Stewart before, and it’s been a favorite post.
Her first son was born at Winn Army Community Hospital, she said, and she not only joined the ranks of the non-commissioned officers while on Fort Stewart, but also decided to make the Army a career while serving here.
Originally from Roswell near Atlanta, Myers enlisted in the Army in 1990 and has spent her entire career as a military policewoman, with multiple deployments under her belt. She’s served as an investigator, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, first sergeant and was recently command sergeant major of a training battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. She’s a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, an organization made up of some of the Army’s top non-commissioned officers.
Her new boss, Col. Jason Wolter, said Myers has proven she has what it take to do her job.
“She knows how to lead … she’s shown she knows how to fight, having been deployed multiple times in her career, including tours in combat,” Wolter said. “And she’s proven over the last decade she knows how to take care of soldiers during operations.”
During his remarks, Wolter, who spoke of NCOs as the backbone of the Army, told Myers that her new job will be much like those that earned her the assignment as the garrison’s top enlisted soldier.
“Your proven ability to know, show and take care of our soldiers and families will remain at the crux of your service,” he said.
Myers said she hoped to inspire other soldiers to excel and “I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”