HOHENFELS, Germany --Members of the Hohenfels Military Community gathered to witness the change of responsibility from Joint Multinational Readiness Center Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Dostie to Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholas A. Rolling at a ceremony here, April 15.
"In our community of Hohenfels, it is truly a special place in the Army where our friends and co-workers often become more like family," said Col. John G. Norris, JMRC commander. "This is absolutely true of the entire Dostie family."
Norris praised the Army's noncommissioned officer corps, calling it the Army's foundation and symbol of strength, and stated that that excellence was reflected daily at JMRC due in large part to the personal efforts of Dostie.
"Command Sgt. Major Dostie has strengthened this vital foundation at JMRC. He revitalized and empowered our JMRC NCO corps," Norris said. "This is his personal legacy."
Dostie admitted that when he first learned he was being assigned to Hohenfels, he was less than thrilled, as he had trained here many times in years past.
"I didn't even realize Hohenfels had a main post area," he joked, reflecting that he had previously only seen Camp Albertshof and the training area itself.
"Two and a half years later we ended up blessed in an assignment that quite possibly will be the best of my career," he said.
"JMRC is the premiere combat training center of the U.S. Army, dare say the world," Dostie said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a dynamic, professional organization, one that is driven much by outstanding leadership."
Rolling, who had previously served with the 2nd 503rd, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Italy, where he activated three Companies, said his assignment as JMRC command sergeant major was his number one choice.
"I am honored to be selected by the Army to serve at this premiere training center," he said.