USAG-Daegu community welcomes new CSM
August 15, 2008
CAMP HENRY - United States Army Garrison Daegu Soldiers, civilian employees and Good Neighbors from the Daegu community gathered in front of USAG-Daegu Headquarters to welcome command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Abbott, during an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony Aug. 8.
Led by USAG-Daegu Acting 1st Sgt., Sgt. 1st Class Gloria Josey, USAG Daegu Soldiers and 32nd Korean Service Corps members made formation for the ceremony.
In his remarks, Abbott emphasized his role as command sergeant major.
"To all of the leaders, Soldiers, civilian employees and family members, I'm here to make a difference," said Abbott. "As your command sergeant major, I will strive daily to strengthen, serve and support this community, our Soldiers, their families and our civilian employees."
Since previous command sergeant major, Patricia A. Keit's retirement, USAG-Daegu Acting Command Sergeant Major, 1st Sgt. Vance A. Lea has carried on the work of command sergeant major.
Abbott departed for the CSM Course at Fort Belvoir the day after the AOR ceremony, and will begin duties as command sergeant major Sept. 3.
Command Sgt. Maj. Abbott was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He entered the US Army in February 1985 as a 63S Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and completed Basic combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He has held every Non-Commissioned Officer leadership position from squad leader to battalion Command Sergeant Major. His interests include golf, wood working, Scouting and fishing, as well as a variety of outdoor activities. He is married to the former Ms. Kelly Despain of Las Vegas, Nevada. They have five children(Brooke (Brek), Chad, Cameron, Brittney and Brice) and one grandson, Hunter.