HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe's new command sergeant major assumed the responsibilities of her office here Thursday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Tracey Anbiya accepted the symbolic passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from Diane Devens, director of IMCOM-Europe, as part of a ceremony held on Campbell Barracks.

The 24-year veteran, who last served as the installation command sergeant major at Fort Belvoir, Va., told attendees that she was excited in joining "the IMCOM-Europe team in confronting challenges and championing issues" to better the lives of Soldiers and families.

Having previously served in Heidelberg, Anbiya said she "fully understands the importance of providing our people quality and quality facilities ... and with the 'home away from home' they deserve."

Devens, a former director of IMCOM-East, recalled working with Anbiya while at Fort Belvoir, saying: "She is as proficient in the garrison business as any command sergeant major we have in the Army. I also know her to be a strong supporter of mission commanders and an advocate for Soldiers and families."

Devens added that she believes Anbiya is the right senior noncommissioned officer "to coach, teach and mentor garrison NCOs... She will be a great partner to the region and to U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army as we shape the future and tackle tomorrow's challenges."

"I have absolute faith in her abilities," Devens said, "in helping our team make steady progress in achieving both USAREUR and 7th Army and IMCOM goals."

Anbiya, who holds a master's degree from Oklahoma University, is only the third Soldier to serve as the commander sergeant major of IMCOM-Europe, with her predecessor being IMCOM Command Sgt. Major John Gaines.

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