• Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky is welcomed by Gen. Carter F.Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony here April 14. The ceremony was to honor Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara, after serving as command sergeant major for Joint Multinational Training Command. Zavodsky, former Command Sgt. Maj. for the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, will replace ZaGara as Command Sgt. Maj. for Joint Multinational Training Command.

    JMTC Change of Responsibility

    Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky is welcomed by Gen. Carter F.Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony here April 14. The ceremony was to honor Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara, after serving as command...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara receives an award for his dedication to service as Command Sgt. Maj. for Joint Multinational Training Command in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony here April 14. The ceremony was to honor ZaGara, after serving as CSM for Joint Multinational Training Command. Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky, former Command Sgt. Maj. for the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, will replace ZaGara as Command Sgt. Maj. for Joint Multinational Training Command.

    JMTC Change of Responsibility

    Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara receives an award for his dedication to service as Command Sgt. Maj. for Joint Multinational Training Command in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony here April 14. The ceremony was to honor ZaGara, after serving as...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara passes on the colors as Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky (far right) prepares to receive them here April 14 in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony.  The ceremony was to honor ZaGara, after serving as CSM for Joint Multinational Training Command. Zavodsky, former Command Sgt. Maj. for the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, will replace ZaGara as Command Sgt. Maj. for Joint Multinational Training Command.

    JMTC Change of Responsibility

    Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara passes on the colors as Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky (far right) prepares to receive them here April 14 in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony. The ceremony was to honor ZaGara, after serving as CSM for...

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - After four years as the Senior listed advisor to the Command General of Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC), Command Sgt. Maj. Darieus A. ZaGara transitioned his authority in a change of responsibility ceremony here April 14.

As part of the ceremony, ZaGara was also honored for his 31 years of military service as he, joined by his wife Belinda, marked his retirement from the U.S. Army.

"It has always been said that the NCO Corps is the backbone of the Army," said Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar, commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command. "However, these words do not convey the depth and breadth of the support Command Sergeant Major ZaGara provided to this command, U.S. Army Europe and our multinational partners."

According to Salazar, through his work with the 7th Army NCO Academy (NCOA), the oldest and largest Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in the United States Army, ZaGara sought to provide training units the best trained instructors and resources to build future leaders. In 2009, former NCOA instructor Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman was selected as the Department of the Army NCO of the year.

As the only place in the U.S. Army that regularly trains with multinational partners, the JMTC supports U.S. European Command's theater security cooperation initiatives.

"This command is the most diverse and multifaceted organization I have ever had the pleasure of serving in," ZaGara said.

ZaGara worked with the NCO corps of multinational partners, helping nations like Poland develop NCO academies specific to the needs of their country, remarked Salazar.

"In no small measure, he is the reason we can say there is no better place to train for Afghanistan," Salazar said.

Although, this was "good bye" for ZaGara, he managed to make light of his retirement while delivering his remarks to the command and guests in attendance.

"Many noncommissioned officers, officers and warrant officers have influenced me to desire serving for over 30 years," ZaGara said. "But the driving force for who I am, and my love for the Army, is in the Soldiers and their supporting cast - the families for whom Belinda and I have served for so long."

Stationed in Fort Sill, Fort Bliss, Fort Stewart, with multiple assignments in Germany, he held positions ranging from section chief, instructor, to command sergeant major at the battalion and brigade level. He also served two tours in Bosnia, as well as two tours in Iraq.

"He is what I like to call a battle-worn warrior," Salazar said. "However, as he moves on to bigger and better things, he will take with him the lessons learned as a military professional, secure in the knowledge of a job well-done."

Coming from Fort Richardson, Alaska, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis C. Zavodsky took over the position as the JMTC's Command Sergeant Major.

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