FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- Command Sgt. Maj. Dayron I. Vargas was officially welcomed by Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command's (INSCOM) commanding general, as the INSCOM senior noncommissioned officer during a change of responsibility ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, May 1.

Vargas, previously assigned as the command sergeant major, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, accepted responsibility as his predecessor, Command Sgt. Maj. Panapa R. Willis moves on to become the next Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2) sergeant major.

As command sergeant major for INSCOM, Vargas serves as the command's senior enlisted advisor on all matters relating to operations, training, morale and welfare of INSCOM's more than 17,500 Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors located at 180 locations in 40 countries.

In his remarks, Vargas thanked Willis for his mentorship as one of the many sergeants major who helped him to become a better leader.

"Sergeant Major Willis helped teach me to be a better sergeant major," said Vargas. "He's helped to build a great team for INSCOM and I am grateful to him and look forward to continuing our partnership."