The Army is facing significant challenges today. But Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Wright says this brings a lot of opportunities.
"So we just have to be prepared to explore those opportunities," he said.
Wright, who is now is the senior enlisted person at Fort Leavenworth, formally assumed his duties as the command sergeant major for the Combined Arms Center and the fort during a ceremony Thursday morning. He also assumed duties as the command sergeant major for the Command and General Staff College.
Speaking to reporters before the assumption of responsibility ceremony, Wright said the challenges present the opportunity to retool things.
Wright comes to Fort Leavenworth after serving as the senior enlisted advisor to the Special Operations Joint Task Force in Kabul, Afghanistan. He arrived at the fort about two weeks ago.
Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, spoke during Thursday's ceremony.
He said the arrival of a command sergeant major signifies the completion of a unit.
When looking for a new command sergeant major, Perkins was told he could have the pick of the litter.
Perkins said it is clear Wright and his wife, Tina, are the right people at the right time. The commanding general said Wright sees the value of investing in soldiers and the Army. And Wright and his wife both see the value of investing in families.
"We look forward to serving with you," Perkins said.
During the ceremony, Wright talked about the Combined Arms Center's focus on educating and developing current and future leaders.
"As a member of this command, I look forward to being part of a team that is able to impact the heart and soul of our Army ― the men and women who serve it," he said.
As the Army deals with the challenges it's facing and explores opportunities, Wright said, "special care must be given to protect our leader development and education.
"I’m committed to enabling and supporting this command as we meet those challenges and opportunities head on."