By Ed WorleyAugust 10, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Army Contracting Command welcomed its new command sergeant major to "the family."
Command Sgt. Maj. Jill L. Crosby became ACC's fifth command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony here Aug. 10. ACC Commander Maj. Gen. Paul H. Pardew passed the ACC colors to Crosby, signaling her assumption of responsibility as the command sergeant major.
Crosby thanked Pardew for the opportunity to serve as the ACC command sergeant major.
"My husband Mike and I are truly blessed and humbled to be given this opportunity to serve in this capacity," she said. "We will give the Soldiers, families and civilians 100 percent."
She told the ACC workforce, "I am looking forward to growing and learning from every one of you."
Crosby's husband, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, is the III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, command sergeant major. He is currently deployed but surprised his wife with a bouquet of red roses presented during the ceremony.
She thanked her husband and her sister, Yudi Ross, for supporting her throughout her career.
She also thanked Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Jackson for "the smooth transition and sharing of knowledge (and) best practices you've experienced and learned during your tenure."
Jackson served as the ACC acting command sergeant major since April.
In his remarks, Pardew welcomed Crosby saying the ACC workforce will be her family.
"You noticed that when I spoke of our ACC workforce and the team we have here, I also called this a family -- our ACC family," he said. "So while you are here you need to know that we are also your family."
Crosby comes to ACC from the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as the G-3 sergeant major. Pardew said she has spent her entire career in the operational Army.
"Now she's stepping into a non-operational organization that is swarming with people wearing suits and dress shoes instead of grunting snake-eaters in (Army uniforms) and combat boots," Pardew said.
"But I know a secret about ACC, one that she doesn't know right now but soon will: our workforce is amazing," he added. "They get the job done. They work as a team. I have told her how our civilians and military work together. I am excited she has been selected to join our family at ACC and will get a chance to be a part of the action herself."
ACC enables Army readiness and modernization through global, expeditionary contracting support to warfighters engaged in military operations, weapon systems acquisition, life cycle management, sustainment and acquisition of goods and services vital to the Soldier's mission and well-being. Its workforce includes more than 6,000 military and civil servants at more than 100 locations worldwide. ACC awarded and managed more than 165,000 contract actions valued at more than $62 billion in fiscal year 2017.