By Staff Sgt. Tamika DillardFebruary 21, 2018
WIESBADEN, Germany - Command Sgt. Maj. Sheryl D. Lyon, U.S. Army Europe's senior enlisted advisor passes the USAREUR colors during her relinquishment of responsibility ceremony, Feb. 20 on Clay Kaserne.
Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commanding general of USAREUR, accepted the colors from Lyon to symbolize her relinquishment of the duties and responsibilities of the USAREUR command sergeant major. Command Sgt. Maj. Alberto Delgado will serve as the acting USAREUR senior enlisted advisor until the Army announces a permanent replacement.
Following the passing of the colors, Cavoli spoke highly of Lyon and her professionalism.
"Sergeant Major Lyon has been an essential part of the team through her profound wisdom, experience and knowledge." Cavoli said. "She spent every ounce of her energy traveling the length and breathe of this continent to see our Soldiers, visit our Soldiers, to check on our Soldiers, and to ensure their personal welfare as well as their professional development."
The professional development included the planning and execution of three to four Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned Officers in three different countries; engagements with senior leaders and senior enlisted leaders across the alliance and partner nations and supporting NATO allies and partners with establishing NCO development within their NCO Corps.
Cavoli said Sergeant Major Lyon, from her first day with USAREUR, made it her mission to transform the way NCO professional development was conducted and the way Soldiers were led across the formation. Today, after nearly 3 year's...we owe her a debt of gratitude, some individually but all collectively.
Cavoli closed with saying that Lyon's interactions contributed greatly to effect the ability of our alliance to defend the interests our nations.
In Lyon's closing remarks, she recapped some of the many opportunities afforded to her while serving as the senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Army Europe.
"This has been one of the best assignments, I've had so far in my 27 years of service," Lyon said. "This assignment has been a series of opportunities. Opportunities I would not have gotten to experience otherwise if I did not come to USAREUR."
During your time here, Lyon met Prince Henry of Wales; dined with Military Artist James Dietz; conducted a D-Day airborne jump into Sainte-Mère-Église, France; witnessed the building of river crossings and conducted night air assault missions with NATO allies and partner nations.
As Lyon looks out at the crowd of more than 200 Soldiers, families and friends, she says the only regret she had during her time with USAREUR, was not participating in the Polar Bear Plunge with her U.S. Marine Corps counterpart and friend Sgt. Maj. William Frye, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe, and Africa.
But with all jokes aside, Lyon closed her remarks with saying, "There is a level of trust that is earned that comes with acceptance of someone into a position. USAREUR is no different in that respect but when I came here, I was greeted with acceptance. So with any place you go in to, you hope that you leave it better than you found it."
Lyon will be going on to serve as the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Cyber Command headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.