By Daniel P. Elkins, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeDecember 20, 2019
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Dec. 20, 2019) -- Members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command welcomed their new command sergeant major during an assumption-of-responsibility ceremony Dec. 19 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Command Sgt. Maj. Chantel Sena-Diaz became the command's sixth command sergeant major during the ceremony officiated by Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler, the MICC commanding general. In attendance were military leaders from the installation, members of the command and family.
"Finding the right person for this job took time. There are some things you just cannot rush, and our command needs a command sergeant major who is strong, composed, compassionate, experienced and with boundless energy," Beeler said. "I am very excited to have Command Sgt. Maj. Sena-Diaz join our formation."
Beeler added that the new command sergeant major is a leader with global experience who will champion the priorities of taking care of people and validating the MICC has the right processes in place so that the command can meet the standards of performance excellence.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Sena-Diaz will challenge each of you to maximize your potential," she said to the workforce. "Her tenacity and leadership acumen should be mirrored at every level."
The assumption-of-responsibility ceremony included the passing of the MICC colors, which symbolize the heritage and history of the organization as well as unity and loyalty of its Soldiers. As the new MICC command sergeant major, Sena-Diaz is the keeper of the colors.
Sena-Diaz comes to the MICC from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where she served as the commandant of the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute Noncommissioned Officer Academy. She took the opportunity to share with those in attendance and watching live online her leadership philosophy.
"We must be rooted in discipline and standards. To the Soldiers here and across the MICC formation, know that I will hold you to the highest standards. I expect results, and I demand your very best," Sena-Diaz said. "Approach each day willing and able … fueled by the right habits and serving with intentionality."
During the ceremony, she asked that those throughout the MICC focus on being good stewards of the resources in which they are entrusted.
"Most importantly, let's lock arms in treating everyone with dignity and respect," the command sergeant major added. "Collaborate broadly, develop future leaders, and always model discipline and standards."
The MICC command sergeant major has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility and leadership during her 29 years of service to include non-appropriated fund clerk, instructor/writer, proponent operations sergeant, logistics, resource and information management officer, division/corps unit ministry team noncommissioned officer-in-charge, senior enlisted adviser and command sergeant major.
Sena-Diaz has accomplished all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System with honors to include the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 57. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Mount Saint Mary College, New York, and summa cum laude with a Master of Science in Education from Long Island University, New York.
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.