Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl N.M. Greene is making history now that she has assumed the responsibilities of command sergeant major of the 13th Sustainment Command. Not only is she the unit’s 21st command sergeant major, she is the first female command sergeant major in what is the second oldest unit on Fort Hood, after III Corps.
During the change of responsibility ceremony on Thursday at Hildner Field in front of the command’s headquarters, Command Sgt. Maj. Marco A. Torres passed the NCO sword to Brig. Gen. Douglas M. McBride, Jr., commander of the 13th Sustainment Command. McBride then passed the traditional weapon to Greene.
McBride welcomed Greene, who previously served at the 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West on Fort Hood.
Greene was hand-selected by McBride from among five candidates. Greene previously served twice with McBride, and he knows her as an “outstanding professional” who is “the right person to build on what Command Sgt. Maj. Torres began.”
Torres was commended by McBride for being a battle buddy who maintained the unit’s readiness so the soldiers would be “deployable at no notice or short notice.”
McBride also praised Torres for being personally responsible for the $1 million upgrade of the unit’s Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center, which now offers state-of-the-art equipment for physical conditioning.
To honor Carmelita Torres, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Torres, McBride presented her with the Yellow Rose of Texas award, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. She also received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the Army Certificate of Appreciation. The Torres’ have three sons, Taylor, David and Daniel.
Torres will move to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to serve as command sergeant major for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.
While McBride joked about the Torres family maintaining a spare room in anticipation of his visits to them at their new duty station, he is looking toward the unit’s future.
“The next year will be exciting and challenging,” McBride predicted. He directed a warning to Greene: “Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.”