The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command implemented a new program, Criterion, to test at the Non-commissioned Officers Academy Tuesday at Fort Hood.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (March 18, 2015) — A Chemical Corps officer, assigned to the 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), has played a pioneering role in gender integration in the U.S. military.
The Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull as the senior enlisted soldier in an assumption of responsibility ceremony March 13 at the Frontier Conference Center.
Turnbull is coming from an assignment as the sergeant major at the Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of CAC and Fort Leavenworth, began his remarks by thanking Sgt. Maj. Dennis Eger for stepping in as interim command sergeant major to fill the gap during the transition between command sergeants major.
“Noncommissioned officers make us the best Army in the world, no doubt about it,” Brown said. “We have some amazing ones here.”
Brown explained that CAC has a wide scope of responsibilities and is happy to welcome Turnbull to CAC and Fort Leavenworth.
“We are just thrilled to have such a tremendous sergeant major, tremendous experience. He is going to add to a great team and we are really looking forward to getting you on board. We’re glad to get you on this team. We need your expertise. It’s a very wide aperture of things we’re solving for the Army. We’re proud to have you.”
“Everybody told me since they knew I was coming here that Leavenworth is a great place to live and work and CAC is such a great assignment, but we realized that it’s not the place, it’s the people that are here that are making it such a great place,” Turnbull said about his warm welcome to the community. “We look forward to meeting all of you and working with you.”
Turnbull thanked Brown for the vote of confidence and the opportunity to join a team that will change the Army for years to come.
“I look forward to all the challenges equally with the success we’ll have in the future,” Turnbull said. “I’ll do my best to uphold the standards of those that came before me.”
He then shared his one philosophy as a senior enlisted leader.
“I work for all of you,” Turnbull said. “I mean that from the bottom of my heart. My door is always open. Please get me involved. Please ask me for assistance where I can help, and I’ll take that as a compliment when you do that.”