WSMR’s new Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers has great expectations for the range and hopes to be able to contribute with his leadership skills and guidance.
“First and foremost; my intent is to give back to the Tri-Service community of White Sands what the Army has provided me, which is a good sense of training, education, standards and discipline,” Sellers said. “I intend to do this by fostering mentorship, leader development and our respective Noncommissioned Officer Education System.”
Sellers said one of his top priorities while at WSMR is to ensure that the Commanding General’s priorities are being adhered to and taken care of. One of the General’s priorities is the Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention Program. Sellers said he hopes to contribute to the reduction of SHARP cases while at WSMR. He also wants to ensure that the Army values are embodied into every practice that is conducted on the range.
“We need to promote a larger sense of awareness in our profession,” Sellers said. “I think (this) will definitely help our team improve and enhance our capabilities.”
As the new Command Sergeant Major, Sellers said he also wishes to disband the misconceptions about WSMR. He hopes organizations within the Army will see WSMR as more than just missiles. Sellers said he hopes to spread the word on what WSMR has to offer through the media and key leader engagements in order to obtain the most optimal use of the range.
“I want to get out and promote WSMR. I don’t think a lot of our entities in the Army know what we can do here…testing and training wise,” he said.
Sellers also took some time to describe what he feels are three key requirements to succeeding as a Soldier during a time where the size of the force is being evaluated. Sellers said being fit, disciplined, and well trained will help any Soldier make a career out of the Army. Sellers, whose father retired as a First Sergeant, said one of the main reasons he decided to join the Army was because of the camaraderie between Soldiers that he remembered experiencing as a child.
“If they want to have the honor to continue to serve they need to be fit, disciplined and well trained in warrior tasks and battle drills,” he said.
Sellers assumed responsibility as the Installation’s Command Sergeant Major in October after having spent seven years in the U.S. Army Europe. He joined the Army in August 1990 from his hometown of Columbus, Ga. Sellers and his wife, Shaunette, have two daughters, Chantel and Sharell. Both are attending
college in Georgia. Chantel is studying to be a registered nurse and Sharell is studying to be a social worker.