Army Cyber Command conducts first change of responsibility
1st Sgt. Kristen A. Anderson assumes command of outfit
Story and photo by Mike Milord
Army Cyber Public Affairs
During the ceremony at McGill Training Center, 1st Sgt. Kristen A. Anderson assumed responsibility from 1st Sgt. Scottie L. Jarrett.
"This is an historic event," said Command Sgt. Maj. Roger P. Blackwood, Army Cyber, presiding official and master of ceremonies. "Change of responsibility for the first sergeant is symbolic, representing the unbroken chain of noncommissioned officer leadership."
Blackwood spoke about Jarrett's role in helping grow the command, which activated Oct. 1.
"1st Sergeant Jarrett had a formidable task as HHC's very 'first' first sergeant who served honorably helping Army Cyber grow," Blackwood said.
For the incoming first sergeant, Blackwood said:
"This duty takes a unique style of leadership able to work with Soldiers and [Department of Army] civilians. We are fortunate to gain the proven leadership that 1st Sergeant Anderson brings from her previous operations experience of working with Army Cyber Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians."
With that, Jarrett called the formation to attention. The new first sergeant posted and accepted the change of responsibility.
"Today is not about me or 1st Sergeant Anderson; it's about the future of the command and the change we must go through," Jarrett said. "We started with roughly 50 Soldiers and 50 civilians. Now we have more than 150 Soldiers and 200 civilians."
Army Cyber Command is staffed at two metropolitan Washington locations, with the headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., commanded by Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, and a support staff at Fort Meade overseen by Col. Scott E. Sanborn, chief of staff.
During a brief reception after the ceremony, Anderson reflected on her new role.
"I am looking forward to leading the Soldiers of the HHC, assessing the unit and making recommendations to the commander," Anderson said. "My first priority in the new year is to help prepare for an intense inspection in February."
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