The White Sands Missile Range community welcomed new Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Wofford during a change of responsibility ceremony July 9 in front of Building 100.
A retirement ceremony was also held for outgoing Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus DeGracia after serving over 30 years in the U.S. Army.
“Myself, Robin and Peyton we are ecstatic about being part of Team WSMR,” Wofford said after thanking everyone who came out for the ceremony. “We cannot be happier to be here. I’ll guarantee you you’ll get my 110 percent.”
Garrison Commander Col. Brian M. Michelson welcomed Wofford and said farewell to DeGracia.
“This is indeed a bittersweet day as we have the privilege of welcoming the Wofford family to the Garrison team,” Michelson said. “His enthusiasm is infectious and his desire to learn is evident to all, and I sincerely look forward to working with you in the days to come as we serve as part of the WSMR team of teams.”
“It is also a tough day for me personally as I say farewell to a man who has not only served this organization so well for the past two years but has also faithfully served the nation for three decades,” Michelson said. “He served the Army of the United States in peace, in war, during times of plenty, during times of scarcity, and has done it with the greatest fidelity and honor.”
“While this is a day of transition I would like to point out what will not change and that is our collective commitment to the Army profession, to our values, to the unique mission of this installation, and to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families that call White Sands home,” Michelson said.
DeGracia thanked everyone for coming out. DeGracia received the Legion of Merit award, a certificate of appreciation for service, a certificate of retirement, a flag flown over WSMR, and an honorable discharge certificate.
Michelson also presented DeGracia’s wife, Vivian, with a certificate of appreciation. “I thank you for your service and for being part of the Army Family,” Michelson said.