U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood held a relinquishment of responsibility for Command Sgt. Maj. Faith Alexander Tuesday at Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
Col. Jeff Paine, Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, presided over the ceremony where Alexander transferred responsibilities to Sgt. Maj. Cameron Regur. Regur will be the garrison interim sergeant major until Command Sgt. Maj. Sean McGlensey assumes responsibility later this year.
Alexander assumed the role of the top enlisted Soldier at the Garrison in July 2018. She will continue her service as the next command sergeant major of the Army University at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Paine said little could have prepared her for the “hefty” duties of her role at Fort Leonard Wood, including helping organize the post’s response to Army-wide housing issues.
“(She) helped lead the response here at Fort Leonard Wood, addressing issues, keeping the team focused and ensuring our Soldiers and their families were cared for,” he said. “And it wasn’t just family housing. Command Sgt. Maj. Alexander fought to ensure that our single junior enlisted Soldiers had the highest quality housing available.”
Alexander also helped the installation adapt to win on the COVID-19 battlefield, Paine said.
“Soldiers – we train to fight an enemy that we can see, but 2020 brought an invisible adversary that was just as deadly,” he said. “Alexander’s leadership was critical to our efforts. She helped coordinate the standup of the quarantine and isolation barracks, established systems to care for our Soldiers and their families, all while maintaining the long-term outlook to be able to sustain Fort Leonard Wood’s mission of training the next generation of Soldiers.”
He wished Alexander good fortune in her assignment to come in what he called a bittersweet farewell.
“We will certainly miss her, but we know that she’ll continue to provide great leadership in her new role,” Paine said. “There, she’ll be able to take her experience – and more importantly, her passion for Soldiers and for Soldiers’ education – and make a huge impact across the entire Army.”
Alexander took the stage and thanked all in attendance – in person and virtually – for the opportunity to serve in her garrison role.
“I stand before you today both humbled and grateful,” she said. “Thank you all for entrusting me with the continued care of Soldiers and civilians at this extraordinary organization. It has been an honor and a privilege.”
She issued heartfelt gratitude to her mother specifically.
“I remember the difference that you made – you always wanted better for your children,” she said. “We didn’t have much, but we had love and that was what we needed the most.”
After thanking her commanders – current and former – she acknowledged all the hard work and coordination from the various teams on the installation.
“Directorates, teams and staff, you are where the rubber meets the road,” she said. “Our expectations are high, and you don’t skip a beat. We know we throw a lot at you, and you continue to impress despite challenges to keep all the glasses in the air. Navigating the past two years has been challenging, and you have tackled and nailed it hands down as always.”