USARPAC to hold change of responsibility ceremony

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Russell Dodson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs




FORT SHAFTER — “Follow me” is an infantry motto that Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Zettlemoyer, command sergeant major, U.S. Army-Pacific, has lived by for more than three decades.

After 32 years of faithful service, Zettlemoyer is retiring; Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota will assume responsibility from Zettlemoyer at a USARPAC change of responsibility ceremony, 10 a.m., Feb. 25, at Palm Circle, here.

“First and foremost, I’ll miss the people of USARPAC. I have served all over the world in many different places, but never have I served in a place where everyone was pulling on the oar to make the boat move in the same direction,” he said. “It is truly a one team effort, from the active (and) Reserve components to the professional Department of the Army civilians who work in this organization. It has been a fantastic tour of duty, and I will miss the people.”

Zettlemoyer has served as USARPAC’s senior enlisted leader since November 2006. His career has spanned the globe with major assignments at Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Hood, Texas; Germany and South Korea.

Zettlemoyer is also a combat veteran from operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

“I would like to be remembered as an approachable command sergeant major,” Zettlemoyer said. “It is up to the leader to foster a climate where Soldiers will come to you with their issues and problems. If you are not approachable, Soldiers won’t come to you for advice, and you won’t be able to help them.”

His dynamic leadership has earned him the distinction of achieving the Army’s highest enlisted rank and the epitome of success in the profession of arms.

“I have had the pleasure of serving with outstanding commanders,” he said. “It’s been my commanders that have thought more about my personal abilities than I have. They have entrusted me to execute things that I didn’t think I was capable of executing.

“Every unit I served in,” he continued, “I’ve had phenomenal commanders to work for and serve with, and I’ve been blessed by that fact.”

Some of Zettlemoyer’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Driver and Mechanics Badge.

Leota is no stranger to USARPAC either. He comes to the command from the 25th Infantry Division, where he was the division’s command sergeant major. Leota is a combat veteran of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

In Iraq, Leota served most recently as the Multi-National Division North and Task Force Lightning 25th ID command sergeant major, and as the U.S. Div. Center and 25th ID command sergeant major.

Leota’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Expeditionary Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with the Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Medal with Bronze Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia).

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