By Adriana Salas
An ally who gets right to the heart of the matter is how White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin described incoming Command Sgt. Maj. William Maddox’s new role during his Assumption of Responsibility ceremony May 27. Maddox arrived at WSMR with his wife, Kelli, and his son, Brock. His daughter Paige is away at college.
“Sergeant Major, Kelli, Brock welcome to White Sands. It’s great to have you here. White Sands is not only a beautiful place to live but it has a wonderful team to work with and be a part of,” Coffin said. “I think you will find this a very rewarding assignment, something different than perhaps you’ve ever experienced before in your military career.”
The ceremony took place at the WSMR Golf Course where the WSMR leadership and community members were on hand to welcome the Maddox family.
“I’ve been in the Army almost 28 years and I’ve been all over the country and the world and this is truly a unique and phenomenal place and everybody on this installation, whether you’re a uniform member or a civilian, has been incredibly gracious to me and my family,” Maddox said.
During the ceremony Coffin and Maddox took part in the ceremonial passing of the noncommissioned officers sword. Maddox was introduced to the podium shortly after as the installation’s new Command Sergeant Major.
“I know that God is good because otherwise how would a 14 Sierra from Paris, Tennessee ever become an installation Command Sergeant Major,” Maddox said. “I appreciate your confidence in me and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to serving the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and civilians of this installation.” Maddox arrives from Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Command Sergeant Major. He has served in the Army for over 25 years. His awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal among several others.
“Command Sergeant Majors see through smoke screens; they get right to the heart of the matter. They hold an organization to standards. That relationship, that level of trust, and that level of insight is one that I cherish and I look forward to in the time that we will have together as part of a command team,” Coffin said.
“Sergeant Major is your partner, he’s your ally, he’s your mother, your father, your brother, your task master. He will be close by with praise, but also holds us to standards and makes sure things are right. I think you will find that you will cherish him just as I do and you will value the relationship he develops with you here on this installation,” Coffin added.
The ceremony ended with an official meet and greet where Maddox and his family greeted community members, community leaders, and leaders from the surrounding areas.