‘Tropic Lightning’ welcomes new CSM

| April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Maj. David Armour (center), outgoing command sergeant major, 25th ID, salutes as the National Anthem is played during a change of responsibility ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, March 19. (Sgt. Jesus J. Aranda | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. Maj. David Armour (center), outgoing command sergeant major, 25th ID, salutes as the National Anthem is played during a change of responsibility ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, March 19. (Sgt. Jesus J. Aranda | 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Krishna Gamble
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Six recommendations for command sergeant major were received, but only one could be selected.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens accepted the duties, responsibilities and authority as 25th Infantry Division command sergeant major during a ceremony, here, March 19.

“He is probably an unconventional choice for some,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commander, 25th ID, on his choice for the new senior enlisted leader of the “Tropic Lightning” Division. “But I think this is exactly what this division deserves, someone who was raised a little bit differently, has a different perspective on things and who is a quality leader (who will ensure) our Soldiers and officers thrive.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens (left), incoming command sergeant major, 25th ID, talks with Robert Gates, secretary of defense, during Gates' visit to Camp Liberty, Iraq, April 7. (Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens (left), incoming command sergeant major, 25th ID, talks with Robert Gates, secretary of defense, during Gates’ visit to Camp Liberty, Iraq, April 7. (Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“He started his military career in this division,” Champoux said. “He has served with distinction in all his assignments. He’s always been a quiet professional who expects more of himself than he ever demands from anybody else. He leads by example and takes pride in who he is.

“He takes pride in the uniform he wears, and most importantly, he takes pride in his Soldiers,” Champoux added.

For Devens, being named the division sergeant major was more about those he has served with who helped him along the way.

“This is a great opportunity for me, but this is not about me,” Devens said. “This is about a lot of people I’ve known in my life that put me in this place. A lot of wonderful warriors and leaders … helped me achieve … what I’ve gotten to today, and I hopefully (will) progress on.”

Devens, a founding member of the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, comes to the 25th ID after serving with I Corps at Fort Lewis, Wash. He takes over Tropic Lightning duties two months after Command Sgt. Frank Leota departed to fulfill his new role as the U.S. Army-Pacific command sergeant major.

Following Leota’s departure, Sgt. Maj. David Armour, operations sergeant major, 25th ID, was appointed the additional duty of division command sergeant major.

“Armor, you’ve just been brilliant,” Champoux said. “You provided a service that you didn’t ask for, (and) you didn’t anticipate, and we couldn’t have been as successful as we have been for the couple of months without your leadership. I have tremendous admiration and respect for you. Thank you.”

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