REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.- Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Puig became the Army Contracting Command's command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony here April 17.

Puig assumed the role of the command's senior noncommissioned officer after having served as the command sergeant major for the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Puig succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Murray, former ACC command sergeant major, who is retiring from the Army after more than 35 years of service.

ACC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Ted Harrison officiated at the ceremony, attended by more than 200 people, and had inspirational words for the outgoing and incoming command sergeants major.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Murray played a key role in the establishment of the Army Contracting Command. He was one of several senior Army leaders who worked tirelessly to create a new major subordinate command from the ground up in record time and was instrumental in the seamless relocation of the ACC headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal in 2011," Harrison said. "His wisdom, insight and vision were essential elements in building the foundation of a global enterprise that awarded and managed more than 190,000 contractual actions valued at more than $60.9 billion in fiscal year 2013."

Harrison welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. and Mrs. Puig to the ACC family and said ACC was fortunate, indeed, to have a man of his character and experience assume ACC's senior enlisted leader position. Harrison cited Puig's four combat tours in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom twice and Operation Enduring Freedom, noting the sergeant major already knows the importance of what contracting brings to the battlefield. Harrison continued: "I'm confident that, together, we will continue to provide the men and women of this command with the respect, recognition and support they so richly deserve."

Puig thanked Harrison for his remarks and praised Murray for his leadership role in the organization.

"Brig. Gen. Harrison, again, thank you for your faith and confidence in my ability to serve you and this great team as the command sergeant major," said Puig. "Command Sgt. Maj. Murray, thank you for all you have done for the contracting community, this command and the Army during your many years of selfless service."

Puig said as the incoming command sergeant major he realizes it is not his words people want to hear, but see his actions.

"I'm absolutely honored to have the opportunity to return to the Army Materiel Command family once again and be the command sergeant major for one of its great major subordinate commands. Linda (Puig's spouse) and I have the privilege to serve the outstanding Soldiers and civilians of this command and we couldn't be prouder," said Puig, who joined the Oregon Army National Guard in December 1985 as a combat medical specialist and soon transferred to active duty.

Puig's previous assignments include duty as the command sergeant major for the Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Joint Task Force Paladin (Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Brigade Task Force), Afghanistan and the Third Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Fort Lewis, Wash.