Command Sgt. Maj. Kristine Silver-Purnell assumes duties as the United States Army Garrison Humphreys senior enlisted Soldier, taking the guidon from Col. Joseph P. Moore, during a ceremony June 19.

CAMP HUMPHREYS - Soldiers, civilians and family members welcomed the United States Army Garrison Humphreys' new senior enlisted Soldier during a ceremony here June 19.

Command Sergeant Major Kristine A. Silver-Purnell assumed the duties, taking over for Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray. Gray's next assignment will be as command sergeant major for the 501st Sustainment Brigade, at Camp Carroll.

Colonel Joseph P. Moore, USAG Humphreys commander, said Gray is leaving Humphreys a better place than when he arrived.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Gray epitomizes the noncommissioned officer. His service has been superb," Moore said. "He has instructed Soldiers, led Soldiers and served as a leader in every enlisted rank."

Moore then told Silver-Purnell, "Welcome to Korea. I trust you'll embrace this opportunity…and build on what Sgt. Maj. Gray has left for you. You have a great staff and Camp Humphreys is a great place to live."

Gray noted that prior to coming to Humphreys, he had spent his career in line units, so helping lead a garrison presented new and rewarding challenges.

"Selecting this job was the best decision I've ever made in my career," he said. "It has been a personal transformation. I am a better person, Soldier and leader for having come here. USAG Humphreys has some of the greatest team players I've worked with in my 28 years in the Army."

Silver-Purnell said she is looking forward to serving during this period of transformation, as Humphreys triples in size and is home to the largest construction project in the history of the Department of Defense.

"I will continue to build on the strong foundation Col. Moore and Command Sgt. Maj. Gray have established, she said. "I am looking forward to a rewarding assignment in the Land of the Morning Calm."

Silver-Purnell enlisted in the Army in 1985. She has served in various leadership positions, to include team chief, section chief, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, battalion operations sergeant major and command sergeant major. Her most recent assignment was as command sergeant major of the 69th Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Brigade, in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

She has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

She has an associate's degree in general studies from Central Texas College and is pursuing a bachelor's in liberal arts from Excelsior College.

Her many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Order of Mercury.

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