WSMR Command Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers said farewell to colleagues and friends during a farewell luncheon held in his honor at the Frontier Club March 26.
Sellers accepted an opportunity as the 12th Regimental Command Sergeant Major of the Quartermaster Corps. at Fort Lee, Virginia and will be leaving WSMR in the coming weeks.
“WSMR is clearly posed for great success. I wish you all great success,” Sellers said to the WSMR workforce. “Thanks for supporting me in this mission. You’ve taught me how to be a better (NCO) officer.”
During the luncheon a series of individuals from varying organizations at WSMR approached the podium to thank Sellers and his wife Shaunette for their leadership and support during their time here. They presented Sellers and his wife with a series of gifts to take with them to their next duty station. WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson presented Sellers with the first round that was fired during this year’s Bataan Memorial Death March.
Sellers and his wife Shaunette arrived at WSMR in October of 2013. This was Sellers’ first role where the majority of the workforce he managed were civilians. Sellers said this was also the first time he’s worked with other branches of the military in such a capacity as well.
“Leading a diverse smart and talented group of civilians is probably the hardest job I’ve ever had to do in the military. You taught me more about how to operate as a Sailor and an Airman,” Sellers said.
Sellers also took the time to thank the surrounding WSMR community for their support. Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Gregory Smith, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea, and Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Chamber Master Toots Green and her husband John were among the list of attendees.
“We couldn’t accomplish the missions inside the gate without the never-ending support of the surrounding communities,” Sellers said.
He thanked Green and John for their friendship and for exemplifying a healthy marriage which he said he wishes to mimic. He also thanked his wife for giving up a promotion in order to support him in his career advancements at Fort Lee, Virginia.
“Seven moves and 23 years of service and never has Shaunette blinked an eye,” Sellers said.
WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin presented Sellers and Shaunette with a personal gift as they begin their move. He also presented Sellers with the Legion of Merit medal for “exceptionally meritorious service” while serving as the WSMR Command Sergeant Major. Before presenting Sellers with his gift and award, Coffin talked about how welcoming he and Shaunette were when Coffin and his family were first transitioning to WSMR.
“Thank you so much for helping us and for being so gracious,” Coffin told the Sellers.
Coffin commended Sellers for doing an “outstanding” job in his role during his short period at WSMR. He applauded Sellers’ great interactions with the workforce and ability to provide exceptional support to Soldiers.