FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (July 12, 2016) -- Today, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command observed the traditional passing of the responsibilities of the command's Senior Noncommissioned Officer from one command sergeant major to another. In the ceremony, Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., NETCOM commanding general, passed the unit colors and responsibility of the senior enlisted position from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson to Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry.

"Major General Morrison, I thank you sir, for being a battle buddy and a friend, and more importantly for trusting me and allowing me to serve as the NETCOM command sergeant major," Watson said. "It was a culminating event of 32 years of service, and I wouldn't change it for anything. I enjoyed every day."

Watson also thanked the Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista Community for their remarkable support of the organization.

"Truly, I have traveled around the world as the command sergeant major of NETCOM, and the bond of teamwork and togetherness found in this community is rarely matched anywhere else," Watson said. "It will truly be missed."

"An integral part of ensuring our mission success is the role of taking care of our team," Morrison said. "Every mission always comes down to our people, and Command Sgt. Maj. Watson was the right leader at exactly the right time to take care of our great soldiers and civilians."

Morrison was highly complementary on Watson's time as the command's senior enlisted soldier. Watson was recognized for his positive influence and team building across NETCOM and making an impact globally, and impacting the Army's ability to operate in the critical and emerging cyber domain.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Watson's unique brand of caring leadership can't be found in just anyone," Morrison said. "It takes a special kind of leader; one who can balance the needs of all to meet the mission, while ensuring our team is well taken care of. A quality that Sergeant Major Watson demonstrated from the very moment of his arrival in this great command two years ago."

Curry arrives in the command after his most recent assignment as the command sergeant major of the 311th Signal Command (Theater). Curry has held numerous positions as a noncommissioned officer, in a multitude of locations in South Korea, Germany, the United States and Southwest Asia.

"Today, I am truly humbled by the position I'm about to enter," Curry said. "Whoever would think this kid from deep in the 'hood of Columbia, South Carolina, would have not once in a lifetime opportunity, but once in 500 lifetime opportunities to serve as the NETCOM command sergeant major? Maj. Gen. Morrison, I thanked you a hundred times already for giving me this opportunity and I want to thank you once again for the opportunity to serve in this great organization.

"Command Sergeant Major Watson… thank you for your service to our great nation, and the many lives you have influenced over the years," Curry said. "Thank you for the best transition I've ever experienced in transitioning into a new position."

Watson plans to retire in Georgia later this year.