Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall L. Huffman relinquished responsibility as command sergeant major of Southern Regional Medical Command to Command Sgt. Maj. Jayme Johnson during a change of responsibility ceremony at the AMEDD Museum Amphitheater, Oct. 8. Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, commanding general Southern Regional Medical Command officiated the ceremony.

SRMC is the Army's largest medical region, with 11 military treatment facilities across 11 states, plus the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, caring for 503,116 beneficiaries with a total of 23,284 staff members.

"Sgt. Maj. Huffman, I have enjoyed the short time we have worked together. Your leadership as the senior enlisted advisor has made a positive difference at SRMC. You will be missed by all of us," Keenan said. "I wish you and Patricia the very best in your new assignment as the Command Sgt. Maj. for Western Regional Medical Command."

During his tenure as the SRMC Command Sgt. Maj. Huffman also served as the command sergeant major of Brooke Army Medical Center for 18 months. He worked side by side with former commanding general Maj. Gen. Wong, providing support during the transformation of BAMC through the Army's portion of the Base Realignment and Closure process, seamlessly integrating with Wilford Hall Medical Center, the largest Air Force military treatment facility located on Lackland Air Force Base. Huffman also supported Generals Wong and Keenan during their tenure as the San Antonio Military Health System deputy director.

Huffman, an Alabama native enlisted in the United States Army and entered basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in Jan. 1984. He completed advanced individual training for combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and immediately afterwards, completed Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. His previous assignments were as Command Sergeant Major for the 56th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 44th Medical Command (Rear)(Provisional), and 28th Combat Support Hospital, all at Fort Bragg, N.C. He deployed to Iraq with the 28th Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2008. He also served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 32nd Medical Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Command Sergeant Major at Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and the Senior Enlisted Medical Advisor for the state of Alaska.

Incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 19, 1988. After completing Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he attended the Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. Johnson's previous leadership positions include, Forward Support Medical Company First Sergeant, MEDEVAC Observer/Controller, USASAM First Sergeant, 6th MLMC Sergeant Major, USAMEDDAC Bavaria Command Sergeant Major, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital; Command Sergeant Major, and 32d Medical Brigade Command Sergeant Major.