Command Sgt. Maj. William Maddox is the incoming Installation Command Sergeant Major.
Where are you from and where is home for you?
I was born and raised in Paris, Tennessee. I grew up there and graduated from High School there.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family?
My wife Kelli and I were high school sweethearts. We’ve been married for 25 years. We have a 21-year-old daughter in college, her name is Paige. We have a son who just turned 15 recently, his name is Brock.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
I wanted to be a paratrooper. All I’ve ever wanted to do is join the Army. I was interested at a very early age.
What led you to the Army?
It’s just something I always wanted to do. As a kid we used to pretend to be Army Soldiers in the woods. Besides my great granddad who served during WWI, no one else in my family has served.
Do you have any stories you would like to share from your earlier years in the Army?
There’s a good group of Soldiers I had as a Platoon Sergeant at Fort Bragg. They moved on to become 1st Sergeants now. It’s these young Sergeants you helped to mold as privates…it’s kind of like watching your kids grow up.
What have you learned from previous leadership roles?
To be patient. I’ve gotten more mature, a little more understanding, and a little more compassionate. I’ve always been good at listening to new ideas. I’m continuously learning and growing. I understand that I don’t know everything.
Is there anyone who helped guide you to where you are today?
I’ve had really good 1st Sergeants and Sergeant Majors growing up in Fort Bragg. I’ve had several that I’ve looked up to and I always said I wanted to be just like these guys.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
One of the things we’re going to start doing is four wheeling and dirt biking. My son and I like to go hunting and fishing. We like to travel a lot. We’re just going to see what the area has to offer and take it from there.
How do you feel about coming to WSMR?
My family and I are very excited. I’m looking forward to the new challenge. I’ve been operational throughout the Army so this is my first non-operational assignment. I want to add value and make an impact on the installation.