CASCOM command sergeant major to become top NCO at Army Materiel Command
November 5, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, recognized Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, the command's senior noncommissioned officer, for his accomplishments and dedication to duty during a Nov. 4 ceremony here.
CASCOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and is the Army's sustainment think tank, responsible for training more than 180,000 students a year.
In bidding Sims a fond farewell, Wyche was joined by numerous senior leaders, including Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's senior NCO.
Wyche said, "When I think of him, a couple of things come to mind: discipline, adhering to the rules, fitness and engaged leadership.
"When I hired him, one of the questions I asked was, 'what do you want to accomplish?' He told me he wanted to make a difference for the right reason. Command sergeant major, you made a difference - credentialing, sponsorship programs and attacking sexual assault are just a few of the areas where you left a blazing trail of success."
Sims will be departing CASCOM to assume the senior enlisted position at the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. AMC is the Army's provider of materiel readiness, which includes technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Sims is a Soldier, who will give the shirt off his back and the boots off his feet. He will never say no as long as he has one gallon of gas or one bullet to give," Wyche added. "That's what AMC is going to receive; a noncommissioned officer who knows what it takes to be a warfighter logistician."
Although many of the speakers attributed the command's current success to Sims' leadership and forward thinking, he emphasized that it was a team effort.
"The fact of the matter is, it is everyone here who is responsible for the success of this great command," Sims said. "It is your energetic attitudes, foresight, and personal involvement that lead to the success of this organization."
During his time on Fort Lee, Sims held many senior positions to include command sergeant major, 49th Quartermaster Group, and regimental command sergeant major of the Quartermaster School.
Sims awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (5th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (6th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, German Parachutist Badge, French Master Parachutist Badge, Venezuela Parachutist Badge, Polish Master Parachutist Badge, Air-Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge.