Regional Health Command Europe welcomed its new senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Garner, during a change of responsibility ceremony Monday, July 23 at Sembach Kaserne.

Garner accepted responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cecil for all Army Medicine enlisted Soldiers in Europe.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil, through mentoring, has touched the lives and careers of countless Soldiers," said RHCE Commanding General Brig. Gen. Ronald Stephens. "In just a few short months, it has been made clear to me, that Command Sgt. Maj. Cecil is driven to be a Soldier's Soldier."

Cecil will move on to be the command sergeant major at Regional Health Command Central, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Cecil said he was honored and humbled to have served as the RHCE command sergeant major.

Addressing the service members, civilians, local nationals and contractors on the RHCE team, Cecil said, "together we are responsible for the health care, public health, dental and veterinary services for approximately 76,000 Soldiers, their families and Department of Defense beneficiaries throughout Europe. The care shown during the execution of your daily mission is clearly evident to all those whom we take care of. I am proud of everything that the region has accomplished during my time here."

As the RHCE team bids farewell to Cecil, the region Commanding General said he believes Garner is ready to fill this important role thanks to his past experiences.

Garner comes to RHCE from the 65th Medical Brigade and MEDDAC-Korea, Camp Humphreys, Korea, where he was the command sergeant major. Garner has served in the Army for 27 years. During that time, he has held positions as the division surgeon sergeant major for the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., as well as the command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, Ky.

"He is the right Solider and the right leader to take this job on, at the right time," said Stephens. "We are excited to welcome Command Sgt. Major Garner and his family to our team."

"After 27 years of service, I finally made it to Europe for the first time," said Garner. "I can't even begin to tell you how excited my family and I are to be here. It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve in this outstanding organization, in this beautiful country, while building a strong alliance with our partner nations."

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