By Dave Chace, U.S. Army Forces CommandJune 25, 2013
The new command sergeant major for U.S. Army Forces Command is focused on supporting the Soldiers serving their nation across the world, particularly those in harm's way, he said during a ceremony June 24 at the command's headquarters on Fort Bragg, N.C.
During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher K. Greca assumed responsibility as the senior noncommissioned officer for FORSCOM, the U.S. Army's largest organization, when Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the FORSCOM commanding general, handed Greca the command's colors in front of members of Greca's family, former FORSCOM leaders and the command's headquarters staff.
In accepting the colors from Allyn, Greca also accepted the responsibility of advising Allyn on all matters related to the more than 800,000 Soldiers--and their families--serving throughout FORSCOM.
FORSCOM is responsible for preparing conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to combatant commanders in defense of the nation at home and abroad. FORSCOM's ranks include three active-duty corps, nine active-duty divisions and the U.S. Army Reserve Command.
"Today's ceremony isn't about me, it's about the 800,000 Soldiers, both active and Reserve, out there within our units," Greca said during the ceremony. "Their families trust us with the charge to ensure that their sons and daughters are taken care of. We owe it to them to do all that we can, as leaders at Forces Command, to ensure that [these Soldiers] are trained and ready."
Greca enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986 and served in various positions at Camp Hovey, Korea; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Benning, Ga. and Fort Bragg. Since becoming a sergeant major, he's served as the 75th Ranger Regiment's operations sergeant major at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. and as a command sergeant major for 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Brigade at Fort Polk, La.; 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.; the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk; 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum; and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq as part of a joint special-operations task force, and again to eastern Iraq in 2007-'09 and Regional Command-South in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010-'11.
"My previous assignment was at the Combined Arms Center, where I learned a lot, particularly about leader development, which is all about training, education and experience," Greca said, emphasizing the influence each of these aspects has had on him over the course of his own career by recognizing friends and mentors who have served with him along the way.
Allyn said that with Greca joining the FORSCOM headquarters, the command has the right team to face its extraordinary duties and responsibilities.
"Energetic and grounded, Command Sergeant Major Greca is a leader of decisive action," Allyn said. "He exemplifies the NCO Creed in word and deed, here at home and throughout an impressive record of combat leadership experiences."
"Noncommissioned officers, the backbone of our Army, do the hard work of leading, mentoring and achieving mission success. They train our Soldiers and formations, they care for our Soldiers and their families, and they provide invaluable counsel to our officer corps," Allyn said.
"I know our Soldiers are in very capable hands," he said, emphasizing that Greca would provide just the leadership and mentorship FORSCOM's leaders and Soldiers deserve.