391st CSSB says farewell to mentor, friend
July 26, 2011
BAMBERG, Germany " Soldiers of the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sust. Brigade said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Kent Mace during a relinquishment of responsibility ceremony July 14 here on Warner Barracks.
Mace spent two years as the battalion command sergeant major and is retiring after 28 years of military service. He will put his military knowledge and experience to use as an instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Mace has served in a variety of positions throughout his career to include squad leader, section chief, platoon sergeant, detachment first sergeant, first sergeant and sergeant major in such locations as Germany, Southwest Asia, Washington, Texas and Hawaii.
“Today is the day every battalion commander dreads. The day the battalion commander loses his best mentor, his sounding board, his right arm, his best friend,” said Lt. Col. C. Scott Luekenga, the 391st CSSB commander as he addressed Mace during the ceremony.
“CSM Mace, you are remembered as a Soldier, as a Soldier’s Soldier, a sergeant major who deeply cared for all Soldiers and their families,” Luekenga added. “Today we are saying farewell to a great Soldier, his lovely wife and daughter, after 28 years of dedicated and long sacrifices that were thrown in along the way. Congratulations on a successful career, Godspeed and wish all the best for the Maces in the future.”
Mace thanked his family, Soldiers and senior leaders for their support and mentorship.
“I am truly humbled by the show of support that I have witnessed by so many people over my career and especially in the past few weeks,” said Mace. “I am often told that I can sometimes come across as rough and abrasive but, as each of you know my leadership style is based on the fact that I care enough about each Soldier in this Army, that I won’t accept less than the best from anyone.