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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Wells, take part in a Change of Responsiblity Ceremony Monday in Nutter Field House. Murphy assumes responsibility as the top NCO on the installation from Wells.
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Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and the Fort Leonard Wood community bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Wells as he handed over responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy on Monday at Nutter Field House.

Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, said the occasion was bittersweet.

“We get an opportunity to recognize a great man and a great command sergeant major at the end of his tour and then we’re going to transition into the retirement of that sergeant major from the Army,” Yenter said. “It’s also a great opportunity for us to ensure that continuity in the Army and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Murphy as the new Maneuver Support Center of Excellence command sergeant major.”

Yenter said any day of the week you could see Wells out in the back of one of the troop formations.

“He’s inspiring troops, and he’s showing them what right looks like,” Yenter said.

“He leads from the front,” Yenter said. “He spends his day on the road, on and off Fort Leonard Wood, as a mentor, as a senior leader, he’s a constant friend, he gives sage advice — again he leads from the front.”

Wells talked a little about fond memories he will take with him from his military career and asked how many other professions would allow you to experience some of these same things. He said he feels he made the right career choice.

“It is a belief that there is plan for everyone, and I believe that one thing that we can try to do is to try our level best to be the best husband, father, son, brother, Soldier and friend,” Wells said.

Wells thanked the different Fort Leonard Wood facilities and directorates for taking care of the Soldiers, along with the community for making them feel welcome.

“When ever someone asks where Ann and I are from, we tell them ‘Fort Leonard Wood’,” Wells said. “The surrounding area makes it easy to become a part of the community.

“I will mention the 54 great men and one great woman who I have personally served with and watched fall in combat – great Soldiers each and every one of them. I owe them a debt that I will constantly strive to repay,” Wells said. “They make me proud to count myself as a Soldier.”

Wells, who entered the Army in 1980, is retiring after serving 33 years. He and his wife Ann have one daughter and one grandson.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Murphy is known throughout the engineer regiment as a mentor, a skilled warrior, and an outstanding role model. His knowledge, skills, and experience make him the right Command Sgt. Maj. for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence,” Yenter said.  

Murphy said that he started his military career 29 years ago; here on Fort Leonard Wood in the 5th Engineer Battalion, and that he never expected to be standing where he is today. Out of those 29 years, 10 of them were spent on Fort Leonard Wood at various times.

“This day would not be possible had it not been for my late spouse, and I wish she were here. So I thank her in her absence,” Murphy said.

Murphy has two daughters, Jessica of Ala., and Christine of Texas.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 March 2013 )