FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 17, 2014) - The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center welcomed a new command sergeant major in a change of responsibility ceremony here Friday, Jan. 17.

Command Sgt. Maj. Leeford C. Cain, a native of Tampa, Fla., was installed as the Army's top enlisted adviser on safety issues after assuming duties from Command Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Stidley, who had been with the USACR/Safety Center since August 2011.

"It's a real honor to have this opportunity," Cain said. "It's also humbling, because what we do as an organization affects the entire Army. I look forward to getting out and talking with our Soldiers about the issues that matter to them and their Families."

Cain most recently served as command sergeant major for U.S. Army Garrison, Ansbach, Germany. He graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in June 2006.

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center, said he is confident Cain is ready to take on the demands of his new title.

"The Safety Center's command sergeant major billet is still relatively new," Edens said, explaining the position was upgraded from sergeant major in 2007. "The leaders who've filled it since have had a profound impact on Soldier safety and safety policy. I absolutely believe Command Sgt. Maj. Cain is the right person to continue this legacy, and I'm excited to work with him."

He also thanked Stidley, who is retiring from active duty after nearly 35 years of service, for his many efforts on behalf of Soldiers and Families.

"Rick is one of the most tireless advocates for Soldiers I've ever seen," Edens said. "It's been a privilege to work alongside him these past two years, and I'm grateful for all he's taught me about becoming a better leader."