Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport, USAREUR’s senior enlisted adviser, said his parting words during his farewell ceremony held here, Feb. 12, after three years of leading Army Europe Soldiers.
“I have been the luckiest man in all the Army to have the privilege of serving and playing the position called ‘command sergeant major’ on a team of professionals known as United States Army Europe,” said Davenport.
Davenport will be going on to lead Soldiers at the Training and Doctrine Command headquartered at Fort Eustis, Va. The command is responsible for recruiting and training Soldiers, supporting unit training, developing Soldier and civilian leaders, and developing Army doctrine.
During the ceremony, Davenport highlighted some of the USAREUR accomplishments during his tenure. More specifically, he explained that these achievements could not have happened without the hard work of junior enlisted service members and the noncommissioned officers that guided them.
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, USAREUR’s commanding general, also addressed the hard work Davenport contributed while serving here in Europe and the legacy he is leaving behind.
“You are leaving behind a great legacy and these men in the front row can contribute to that,” said Hodges, speaking about the sergeants major from Army Europe’s partner and ally nations who attended the ceremony.
Davenport was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Hodges and congratulated by attendees, concluding the ceremony.
Davenport’s replacement has not yet been announced.