SEMBACH, Germany -- Installation Management Command Europe welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Jan. 31 at Sembach Kaserne here.

Command Sgt. Maj. Romeo Montez III assumed responsibility as the sixth command sergeant major of Installation Management Command Europe since its founding on Oct. 7, 2002.

Montez replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless, who was selected to serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the Installation Management Command Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, in San Antonia, Texas.

Montez comes to IMCOM Europe from his previous position as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux in Chièvres, Belgium.

During the ceremony Montez said he was deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve the Army's Soldiers, NCOs, officers, civilians and family members.

"Your service matters. It protects and promotes the democratic values we hold dear," he said. "Your service to our Nation and our Allies keeps a promise to American citizens and our transatlantic partners that our values are worth defending -- together.

The IMCOM Europe Region Director, Kathleen Marin, passed the unit's guidon to Montez as a symbol of his assumption of duties as her senior enlisted advisor.

"As the Army's home in Europe, Installation Management Command is entrusted by the American people to provide caring support and stability to Soldiers and their families," said Marin. "We make a difference in the lives of service members and their families as they serve to make a difference for the security of our Nation and that of our allies.

"In carrying out the IMCOM Europe mission, only the best leadership will do, from our uniformed officers and NCOs, to our civil servants," she said.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Montez has an impeccable record of selfless service around the globe that spans nearly 30 years," said Marin. "Indeed, he has mastered the art of Soldiering and installation management as few others have.

"As a quartermaster expert, he's spent the majority of his career sustaining our Army around the globe. From Korea to Kentucky and Germany to Iraq, Command Sgt. Maj. Montez brings with him a global perspective to our critical mission," she said.

Montez has an Associate's Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, Bachelor's Degree in management from Excelsior University, and a Master's Degree in Education from Trident University. Montez has numerous awards and is a member of the Army's prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.