December 3, 2008

Holcomb named new Army Guard command sergeant major

From Staff Reports

Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb

RICHMOND, Va. — Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced Nov. 10 that he selected Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Holcomb to replace Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Rogers as the Virginia Army National Guard command sergeant major.

Holcomb will officially assume those duties on Jan. 1, 2009.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Holcomb brings a great deal of experience to the position having served at every level of NCO leadership. Most recently, he served as the command sergeant major of the 116th Brigade Combat Team and Joint Area Support Group- Baghdad while deployed to Iraq. I am confident that Command Sgt. Maj. Holcomb will serve the Virginia Army National Guard in a superb manner.”

Rogers assumed his duties as state command sergeant major Nov 1, 2007. He will end his AGR tour but continue his service as a traditional Soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard until his retirement in a role not yet determined.

“I appreciate and will greatly miss Command Sgt. Maj. Rogers’ counsel and tireless work on behalf of the command,” Newman said. “Command Sgt. Maj. Rogers, executing his duties with great distinction during a period of high operational tempo, served as a tremendous advocate for Guardsmen and their families. His efforts have had a lasting impact on the Soldiers, families, and civilians of the Virginia Army National Guard and he will be sorely missed.”

Holcomb, a resident of Mechanicsville, Va., has held a variety of leadership and staff positions since joining the Virginia Army National Guard in April 1982. He has previously served as command sergeant major of 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Fredericksburg, 116th Brigade Combat Team in Staunton and Joint Area Support Group-Central in Baghdad, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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