January 2, 2009

29th Infantry Division welcomes new CSM

By Spc. Francis O’Brien
29th Infantry Division Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green joined the 29th Infantry Division Headquarters, Headquarters Company Nov. 1 to succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony D. Price as the division command sergeant major.

The 59 year-old Virginia native, who was promoted to command sergeant major in 2004, has served as an infantryman in the Virginia National Guard for over 23 years, most recently as the post command sergeant major of Fort Pickett.

The division appointment is “humbling,” said Green.  “With the transformation, everything’s changed.  We’re going in new directions,” he added.

Green is looking forward to facing the leadership challenge of an organization undergoing change.

“I see the 29th as a big ship. The key is to try and see the ship in total,” said Green.  “It’s crucial that we all support each other.

Recently Green met with other sergeants major from the Army at Fort Polk, La., to help them understand the importance of the National Guard’s role in the Global War on Terror, as well as their missions in support of homeland defense.

“They appreciate what we try to balance,” said Green. “More and more, they understand and respect the challenge of handling civilian jobs and family while meeting the state and national missions.”

Although Green lives in Hillsdale, Va., with his family he remains loyal to his Bedford upbringing.

“I’m from a Bedford lineage,” said Green.  “I’m a Bedford boy at heart.”

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