CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Frank Pearson Jr. assumed responsibility of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys during a brief ceremony Feb. 18 in the Humphreys Community Fitness Center.

Pearson comes to Camp Humphreys from Fort Carson, Colorado where he served with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, where he first met Col. Joseph C. Holland, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, commander.

Holland welcomed Pearson by mentioning their previous meeting.

"I got to know the character and quality of Command Sgt. Maj. Pearson when I was there as the staff officer working in the U.S. Army Europe staff at that time. The mission command element came forward with a limited number of Soldiers, but they immediately snapped into action and moved across the eastern flank of NATO amongst eight countries in a very short period of time to reassure our allies.

"CSM Pearson was out front with the Soldiers, putting together those reassurance measures in the face of Russian aggression," Holland said. "And, he knows all too well, how to get, ready and get the mission done. So, I am very glad to have him here in our team."

Pearson said, "I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to Command Sgt. Maj. McCoy whose leadership and dedication to this Garrison and community for the last past 18 months will not be forgotten. He did a superior job. Thank you, Command Sergeant Major, for allowing me to inherit this successful Garrison. It's important to maintain continuities as well to embrace changes."

Pearson closed his speech by expressing his ambitions.

"The United States Garrison and Camp Humphreys have a great history of great leadership. I'll continue the leadership to serve as the Garrison Commander Sgt. Maj."