Fort Bragg, North Carolina, May 3, 2019 - The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) held a change of responsibility ceremony in the Col. Aaron Bank Hall auditorium where Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Webb relinquished his responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. James Wilson.
The ceremony, a first for the headquarters since its activation, was presided over by USASOAC (A) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Allan M. Pepin.
"We are part of an historic event in ARSOAC's history, as today marks the first official change of responsibility ceremony for this headquarters since it stood up in 2012," Pepin said. "Apparently getting two warfighting focused command sergeants major in the same place, at the same time, is a difficult task, but we achieved this miracle today."
Pepin went on to praise Webb, a Texas native, for his many accomplishments and reflected on his character.
"Everything CSM Webb has led, influenced, directed or participated in as our Command's Sergeant Major was for the betterment of the men and women he serves, while ensuring a relentless support to our Families and Gold Star Families," Pepin said. "Billy Webb is the epitome of a selfless servant leadership, enforcer of high standards, and a sage coach and mentor to all Soldiers of all ranks."
Webb departs USASOAC (A) after nearly 15 months of service to become the Command Sergeant Major of the Combined Joint Special Operations Taskforce Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) becoming the first aviation Noncommissioned Officer to hold the position.
"It is no surprise his reputation, skills and abilities for increased responsibility would inevitably lead to his selection," Pepin said.
During Webb's remarks he took the opportunity to congratulate Wilson, the incoming command sergeant major and thanked those who he had served with.
"I would not be here today if it were not for the Soldiers and leaders I have had the opportunity to work with over time," Webb said. "To all of the officers, directors, leaders, NCOs and civilians of ARSOAC - your job is not easy but your meticulous work ethic and attention to detail in supporting the Warfighter is unmatched. You punch way outside of your weight class every day and in the process you never lose sight of the mission or Soldiers. Thank you."
Wilson comes to USASOAC from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), where he served as the Regimental Command Sergeant Major like his predecessor Webb. He expressed his gratitude to Pepin for the opportunity, his family for their continued support and the guest in attendance.
Wilson brings with him 22 years of Special Operations Aviation experience within the generating force, operational force and multiple combat tours.