RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas -- Red River Army Depot welcomed its new sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Nov. 14 in the depot's leadership auditorium.

Sgt. Maj. Theodore C. Dallmann assumed the role of depot sergeant major with Col. Doyle Lassitter, depot commander, presiding over the ceremony.

Dallmann, who is a native of Dallas, joins the Red River team after an assignment in the Division G-4, Chief Mechanical Maintenance Logistics NCO, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kan. Dallmann has participated in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Operation Provide Promise and Security Operations in Kosovo. He has deployed eight times in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

"When I found out about this assignment I was excited," said Dallmann. "The reason I'm excited is because I understand the importance of what this depot provides and the importance of each and every team member at this depot. You understand its importance when you realize who our true customer is and that true customer is our Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman."

Dallmann recognized his family in attendance and also acknowledged TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Sgt. Maj. Karl E. Schmitt who also attended the ceremony. Other distinguished guests included Mayor Mike Babb of Hooks, Texas, Mayor Johnny Branson of New Boston, Texas and Dennis Lewis, commissioner for the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.

During the ceremony, Lassitter passed the noncommissioned officers sword to Dallmann officially appointing him as the depot sergeant major and the senior noncommissioned officer of the depot.

"The sergeant major will be a visible and constant sight on the depot, and I charged him today on the stage with not only learning the business of how Red River Army Depot works, but as with all sergeant majors, his duty is to be a standard bearer and to take care of the health and welfare of our team members, whether they be soldiers or civilian soldiers," said Lassitter. "I believe Sgt. Maj. Dallmann will play a major role in continuing to build our team into the more disciplined and dynamic organization that we will become in the future."

The ceremony was the first of its kind at the depot. The ceremony was followed by a reception to welcome Dallmann and his family to the depot.