Regional Health Command Europe welcomed its new command sergeant major during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Friday, June 16 at Sembach Kaserne.

Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cecil takes over for Command Sgt. Maj. William O'Neal.

"Command Sgt. Maj. O'Neal demonstrates what a true privilege it is to lead and to love and the great responsibility that resides upon leaders' shoulders," said Brig. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, RHCE Commanding General. "He lives and breathes the Army Values, not only for himself but for the entire command; it has been an honor to serve with you."
O'Neal will move on to be the command sergeant major at the Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

O'Neal said "[Regional Health Command Europe] you are the premiere, expeditionary, multi-national, integrated force that is always ready to meet the ever-changing needs of today, and tomorrow. Let there be no doubt that Regional Health Command Europe is ready to answer the call of our nation."

"I've spent nine years of my 25 year-career in this amazing country," O'Neal said. "I will miss Germany. I will miss Europe. I will miss you all with all my heart. It's been an honor and a privilege to serve as Regional Health Command Europe sergeant major for these last two years."

Cecil comes to RHCE from the Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command as the G-3/5/7 sergeant major, Cecil has served in the Army for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has held positions as the command sergeant major at Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Ga., and Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill, Okla. In addition, he also served as operations sergeant major to the 1st Medical Brigade and Regional Health Command Pacific.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil is definitely ready to takes the reigns here," LeMaster said. "I'm confident his leadership will help us ensure U.S. Forces in the Europe are medically ready to meet the demands of the mission."

Cecil said "I am honored and humbled by this opportunity. I've worked extremely hard for a very long time to prepare myself and believe I am ready for the challenges that are ahead of all of us. I promise to give my all to support the Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and local national employees and family members of Regional Health Command Europe."

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