MANNHEIM, Germany (March 24, 2009) - 5th Signal Command (Theater), headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, welcomed a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony at the sports arena on Sullivan Barracks.

Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn Washington accepted the noncommissioned officer sword of responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Manley, Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army). Washington replaced 5th's interim command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. David Tolver, who held the position since last November.

"Sergeant Major Tolver stepped up to the plate in so many ways for this command and we are all truly grateful for his leadership," said Col. Mark Baines, 5th SC (T) deputy commander, during his opening remarks. "This being the Year of the NCO, you (Tolver) truly displayed why NCOs are the backbone of the Army by the way you took care of our Soldiers, civilians and Family members."

"Being your command sergeant major was truly a great honor and an experience I will never forget," Tolver said during his outgoing speech.

Washington most recently served as the command sergeant major for the 1st Signal Brigade in Yongsan, Korea. During her 27-year career, she has held virtually every key leadership position and has deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope with the 11th Signal Brigade. She also served in Haiti and Somalia with the 10th Mountain Division.

"I am honored and looking forward to working with each and every one of you," said Washington during her remarks. "Dragon Warriors - Ready to Rock and Roll!"

5th Signal Command (Theater) is the communications arm of U.S. Army Europe/7th Army and provides all IT support to USAREUR / 7th Army Warfighters.

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