A warm summer day, Family, friends and representatives from the Third Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, and Winn Army Community Hospital helped welcome MEDDAC's incoming Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph L. Cecil, at an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony held July 13 on Cottrell Field.
The MEDDAC commander, Col. Ronald J. Place, said Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil's reputation preceded him, and that his extensive experience from two prior commands would be of great value, not only to the MEDDAC team, but to the extended community as well.
Command Sergeant Major Cecil's assignments included Command Sergeant Major of Reynolds Army Community Hospital; Operations Sergeant Major at 1st Medical Brigade; Acting Command Sergeant Major for the 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion; First Sergeant for the 582nd Medical Logistics Company; Acting Command Sergeant Major and Operations NCOIC for the 16th Medical Logistics Battalion; First Sergeant for the Headquarters Support Company and Company A, 86th Combat Support Hospital, among others.
His deployments include service with Operations Joint Guardian, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
"At US Army MEDDAC Fort Sill, Command Sergeant Major Cecil was known as Leader of Purpose, skilled in the art of influence, by providing direction, motivation, and accountability."
Colonel Place said Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil is the right leader to help the USAG MEDDAC in their efforts to become role models in the pursuit of health and readiness by helping them maintain the lowest no show rates in the Army; to help pilot the implementation of the Soldier Centered Medical Home; to move forward in the initial wave of imbedded behavioral health, and to help Winn become the first Army medical treatment facility to become a tobacco free campus.
Command Sergeant Major Cecil accepted his role as the new Command Sergeant Major of USAG MEDDAC, and said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve, and thanked the community members who had already made he, and his Family, feel so welcome