The U.S. Army inducted Gregg Thompson, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence deputy to the commanding general, into its Senior Executive Service June 17 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium.

Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, presented remarks as host of the ceremony.

"Being selected to an SES position is highly competitive and requires rigorous vetting, along with the ability to meet executive competencies," she said. "Mr. Gregg Thompson is absolutely deserving of this honor and is 100 percent ready."

Civilians within the ranks of SES are the equivalent to general or flag officers, she said. Martin expressed confidence in Thompson's service record and ability to fill the role.

"He has proven his dedication (to) selfless service through positions of increased responsibility as an Army officer," she said. "In addition to keen intellect, sound judgment and the willingness and ability to quickly build teams and relationships, Mr. Thompson is extremely approachable and treats every person and situation with the utmost dignity and respect."

With the assistance of Thompson's wife, Meredith, Martin administered the oath of office. She then presented Thompson with the SES pin, certificate and flag.

According to his biography, Thompson's role is to support the MSCoE commanding general to develop and execute organizational strategic goals and policies. He oversees enterprise-level activities to ensure MSCoE delivers adequate initial entry training, leader development education and technical functional training to Army, joint and interagency service members, among other responsibilities.

In response to Martin's introduction, Thompson said he was humbled, but issued a promise.

"This ceremony is not about me -- I'm grateful for it, of course, but it's really about starting the clock on my small contribution to a larger and more important endeavor," he said. "You have my personal guarantee that I am fully committed to your vision, to supporting your leadership, to the installation and the institution. I would have picked no other job given the opportunity."