18th MEDCOM welcomes new command sergeant major

| May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers (left), 18th MEDCOM (DS), receives the NCO sword from Col. Erin Edgar (right), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), during a change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 29.

Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers (left), 18th MEDCOM (DS), receives the NCO sword from Col. Erin Edgar (right), commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS), during a change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 29.

Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) held its first change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, here, April 29.

Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Dwyer, outgoing senior enlisted leader, passed the noncommissioned officer sword to the newly appointed Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers, incoming senior enlisted leader, during the ceremony.

Skyers is coming to the unit from Fort Bliss, Texas, and from a recent deployment to Afghanistan as the command sergeant major of the 31st Combat Support Hospital. Dwyer is transferring to Tripler Army Medical Center to be command sergeant major for Troop Command.

Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers, incoming sergeant major, 18th MEDCOM (DS), addresses the audience during the unit’s change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 29.

Command Sgt. Maj. Garfield Skyers, incoming sergeant major, 18th MEDCOM (DS), addresses the audience during the unit’s change of responsibility ceremony on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, April 29.

“This is yet another milestone for the 18th MEDCOM,” said Col. Erin Edgar, commander, 18th MEDCOM (DS). “Skyers is a quiet and confident professional who is the right fill for this position. He will lead this MEDCOM to the next level, and I can’t think of a finer NCO to close out my tenure here.

“Welcome to paradise buddy and know that the ‘Pacific Knight’ ohana eagerly awaits the arrival of your family this summer,” Edgar added.

Skyers kept his comments brief.

“Col. Edgar and members of the 18th MEDCOM, it is a distinct honor and privilege for me to be given the opportunity to join this command, to be able to answer the call as a Pacific Knight and be part of the U.S. Army-Pacific Command,” Skyers said. “I look forward to the challenges that are ahead of us, as this command moves to (becoming) fully operational capable. (I) will work diligently to ensure the accomplishment of mission, where I will never lose sight of our most precious resources — our Soldiers and their families.”

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