FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Investments in life sometimes pay big dividends, as was the case during the NETCOM Change of Responsibility Ceremony, held at Greely Hall, the NETCOM headquarters, on the historic Army post of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., June 28, when Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, passed on the responsibility for the command's enlisted force to Command Sgt. Maj. Jennifer Taylor, a Soldier who Curry had taken under his wing and mentored 18 years ago.
Passing the command's colors from Curry to Taylor was the NETCOM Commanding General, Maj. Gen. John Baker. "Our NCOs are the backbone, flagbearers, and torch carriers of the unit. The have been, are, and always shall be," said Baker. "At the very top of the enlisted rank structure is the Command Sergeant Major, a proven leader among leaders, chosen from the best of the best to provide astute reflections, private counsel, and disciplined oversight of the formation."
Curry's 'investment' in the Soldier who would take over his last position after he leaves the Army began with a simple request. "Command Sgt. Maj. Taylor and I go back about 18 years when she first appeared at my door at Fort Knox, Ky., when she was an MP," Curry said. "She wanted to become a signaler and asked for my help."
"Even then I could sense the potential that one day, the return on investment would be worth the effort. Play it forward 18 years, with my South Carolina education and foresight, Command Sgt. Maj. Taylor is here to relieve me of my most important job in my career," Curry said. "Yes Folks, this was my plan that I executed over 18 years ago," Curry added with a smile.
Curry went on to add that Taylor is the right leader at the right time to lead NETCOM.
Taylor said during her remarks that 18 years ago she was at a crossroads. She was told she had to reclassify into a new career field or terminate her time in the Army, and she sure wasn't going to leave the Army. "I loved the Army. It was my passion," said Taylor. "I wanted to be Signal. So, with my head held high, I walked into [then Master Sgt.] Curry's office and asked him to invest into my future. And, although he watched me closely with that left eye, Command Sgt. Maj. Curry has been a mentor and role model ever since."
"My success as the command sergeant major of this great organization will for all time, be measured by the unit's success and not anything I did as an individual," said Curry during his remarks. "As leaders, we provide direction, motivation, purpose, resources and instill good order and discipline in the organization. The accomplishment of the mission and the achievements of the organization is charged to the entire team."
Ending his remarks, Baker said, "Congratulations to the Curry family upon their retirement, and after 34 years of military service. And, welcome to the Taylor Family, as we begin this new journey together. May we be found faithful serving our nation through readiness and resiliency, always ready to answer the call."