Picatinny Receives First Female Command Sergeant Major
September 11, 2012
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Picatinny's first female Command Sergeant Major formally assumed her new assignment here during a ceremony today at the Cannon Gates Catering and Conference Center.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion arrived to the Arsenal last month, replacing Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Koroll, who was reassigned to a post in Korea.
Although Dumont-Carrion is not the first female Command Sergeant Major in the Army, she is the first female Command Sergeant Major assigned to Picatinny.
In the early 1990s, Sgt. Maj. Elizabeth M. Neil was assigned to the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny, but she had not attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
Enlisted soldiers who attain the distinction of being selected by the Department of the Army for the command sergeants major program are at the height of success in their chosen field, the profession of arms. For enlisted soldiers there is no higher grade of rank, except Sergeant Major of the Army, and there is no greater honor.
The command sergeant major carries out policies and standards of the performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted personnel. The command sergeant major also advises and initiates recommendations to the commander and staff in matters pertaining to local noncommissioned officer support.
The sergeant major is generally the key enlisted member of staff elements at levels higher than battalion. The sergeant major's experience and ability are equal to that of the command sergeant major, but the sphere of influence regarding leadership is generally limited to those directly under his charge.
Currently, Sgt. Maj. Dewey Blake is the ARDEC Sergeant Major, filling the title that Neil once held.
Dumont-Carrion enlisted in the Army in 1990 and attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, N.J., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to become a combat medic.
With more than 20 years of service, Dumont-Carrion has traveled the globe including a deployment to Israel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
She earned her Associates Degree and Bachelor's Degrees in sociology and history, cum laude, from University of Alaska, Anchorage. She also earned a Masters Degree in human relations, sigma cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.
Earlier in the day before the assumption of management ceremony took place, Dumont-Carrion along with Brig. Gen. Jonathan A. Maddux, commanding general, laid a wreath at a memorial stone in honor of all the servicemen and women from New Jersey who died since the attack on on our nation September 11, 2001.