By Ms. Brittany Nelson (IMCOM)November 19, 2019
Installation Management Command welcomed its new Command Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Joe Ulloth, and bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Melissa Judkins Nov. 19 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Ulloth comes to IMCOM from U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Illinois, where he was the Command Sergeant Major. Ulloth has 28 years of service which includes four combat tours.
During the change-of-responsibility ceremony Ulloth thanked Judkins for her help during his military career and for the "seamless transition" into IMCOM.
Ulloth thanked his wife, Merline, who has moved four times in the past five years, one of them being OCONUS.
Ulloth is no stranger to San Antonio as he previously worked for the Army Environmental Command, an IMCOM subordinate command, located at Fort Sam Houston.
IMCOM's Acting Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire, mentioned that Ulloth started in the Army as a mechanic, served at various installations and did two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.
"He has excelled in every leadership position in our Army," said McGuire. "We are in great hands with Command Sgt. Maj. Ulloth. He is the right leader to take us to the next level."
Ulloth thanked the IMCOM team for the transition he and his family made to San Antonio.
"As I take on this mantle of leadership, I look forward to working with all of you as well as learning a tremendous amount," said Ulloth "I do not take this lightly. I am committed."
As Judkins gave her outgoing remarks, she reflected on her past three years at IMCOM HQ and the accomplishments of the command. She mentioned that good things happened "as a collective."
"IMCOM is a team of professionals making a difference in Soldiers' lives. We touch them every day," said Judkins. "No other organization can say that."
Judkins went on to tell IMCOM professionals that "being resilient and flexible is in your blood. It's second nature for you."
McGuire complimented Judkins and her positive attitude.
"I have always said that a positive attitude is a force multiplier and no one has a more positive spirit than Melissa," said McGuire. "Command Sergeant Major moves to friction. She also has embraced the mantra of 'drive change' and 'fix your piece of the Army.'"
McGuire praised Judkins and the work she has put in at IMCOM. He mentioned her work with housing, Army barracks management, credentialing for Soldiers and her help with IMCOM G9's Child and Youth Services Employment Assignment Tool and Healthy Army Communities.
Her work with the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program was also noted.
"Her fingerprints are all over the success of this program," said McGuire. "She brought in the service aspect."
McGuire also mentioned that the World Class Athlete Program is a special program to Judkins.
The ceremonial color guard were WCAP Soldier-athletes, and they engaged Judkins in a private sparring practice the day prior as a parting gift.
Judkins' spouse, Bill Dempkowski, was presented with a gift for his support and devotion to the Soldiers and Families of IMCOM.
Judkins is retiring after 32 years of service to the Army.
Involved in the ceremony were all of IMCOM's garrison command sergeants major and the five directorates Command Sergeants Major. The five directorates include Training, Sustainment, Readiness, Pacific and Europe.