Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, conducts a change of responsibility as he passes the unit colors to Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st TSC, during a ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC, Public Affairs)
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Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, hands the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, incoming senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, incoming senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, provides remarks during the change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Four Howitzers are fired during the 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. The casing of the last fired round was presented to Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC.  (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Jimmie Baker, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Staff Sgt. Jamal Crosby, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, presents a bouquet of red roses to Mrs. Veronica Smalls, wife of outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., as a symbol of the command’s deep respect and admiration during the twenty months with the command, during the 1st TSC’s change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC, Public Affairs)
5 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Jamal Crosby, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, presents a bouquet of red roses to Mrs. Veronica Smalls, wife of outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., as a symbol of the command’s deep respect and admiration during the twenty months with the command, during the 1st TSC’s change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC, Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Zoran Raduka) VIEW ORIGINAL
Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and his wife, Mrs. Veronica Smalls, receive awards for their service to the 1st TSC, July 28, 2020 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Mrs. Razell Perry, wife of incoming command sergeant major of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, receives a bouquet of yellow roses during the change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. The roses represent the command’s warmest welcome to the 1st TSC. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Jimmie Baker, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
7 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Mrs. Razell Perry, wife of incoming command sergeant major of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, receives a bouquet of yellow roses during the change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. The roses represent the command’s warmest welcome to the 1st TSC. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Jimmie Baker, 1st TSC Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jimmie Baker) VIEW ORIGINAL
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and his wife, Mrs. Razell Perry, pose with the 1st TSC mascot, Sgt. Blackjack, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
8 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and his wife, Mrs. Razell Perry, pose with the 1st TSC mascot, Sgt. Blackjack, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Spc. Zoran Raduka) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general of 1st Theater Sustainment Command, shares an elbow tap with Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC, during an awards ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. During the ceremony, Smalls was presented with awards and gifts in recognition for his 20 months of service with the First Team. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC, Public Affairs)
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(L to R) Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general of 1st Theater Sustainment Command, alongside his wife, Mrs. Jennifer Sullivan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC, and his wife Mrs. Razell Perry, pose with the 1st TSC mascot, Sgt. Blackjack, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, incoming command sergeant major, 1st TSC, charging him with the responsibility as the unit’s new senior enlisted advisor during a ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC, Public Affairs)
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Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general of 1st Theater Sustainment Command, alongside Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC pose with the 1st TSC mascot, Sgt. Blackjack, at Fort Knox, July 28, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoran Raduka, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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The 1st Theater Sustainment Command color guard, led by Command Sgt. Maj. Carey Welsh, senior enlisted advisor, Special Troops Battalion, 1st TSC, presents the colors during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Command Sgt. Maj. Carey Welsh, senior enlisted advisor, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj Bernard P. Smalls Sr., outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st TSC, during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls, outgoing senior enlisted advisor, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, provides remarks during the change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, gives his remarks during the 1st TSC’s change of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 28, 2020. (U. S. Army Photo by Spc. Kaylee Harris, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
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FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The 1st Theater Sustainment Command welcomed a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony here July 28.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III assumed responsibility as the senior enlisted leader of the command from Command Sgt. Maj. Bernard P. Smalls Sr., who served as the command sergeant major for almost two years.

The ceremony was presided by Maj. Gen. John P. Sullivan, commanding general, 1st TSC, who emphasized the significance of this transition.

“This transition comes at a pivotal and challenging time for our Army and our First Team,” Sullivan said. “The current operational environment in the CENTCOM AOR is always replete with challenges, and of course, now the COVID challenge is one that we are collectively dealing with together. It’s a tough environment. It will continue to be difficult and it demands leaders who possess the agility to adapt to changing circumstances.”

The 1st TSC provides operational logistics support to the U.S. Central Command. With a main command post located at Fort Knox and an operational command post located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, its nearly 10,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel serve in over 20 countries, spanning five time zones and four named operations.

“Being a command sergeant major at any echelon is extremely hard work and being command sergeant major of the 1st TSC, I would submit, is among the most challenging two-star command sergeant major positions in our Army,” Sullivan said.

He went on to detail one of the challenges as the distributed nature of the command with units spread throughout the Middle East. That getting to each of those locations to provide leadership “at the point of impact” was a full-time job.

“For almost two years now, Command Sgt. Maj. Smalls has fully embraced that challenge and has absolutely excelled at it,” Sullivan said. “Despite the challenges, he provided, every day, engaged leadership, direction, vision and maintained the pulse of our unit for two TSC commanders… I can proudly say that [Command] Sgt. Maj. Smalls has been the foundation for the 1st TSC by providing outstanding NCO leadership and being a leader for all to emulate.”

Smalls thanked Sullivan and a long list of others who made his time at the 1st TSC a success. The passion that Smalls has for the organization could be felt as he delivered his final remarks.

“This TSC is like no other TSC in our Army inventory,” Smalls said. “This ‘First Team’ is a game changer in the CENTCOM AOR and I’m extremely proud of all of them. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve with the premier, and I say again, the premier 1st TSC. Where you can find some of the finest officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, Joint Partners, civilians, contractors who are operating at the tip of the spear and learning their craft.”

Sullivan stressed that it was difficult to say goodbye to a person of Smalls’ caliber but was confident in the legacy he left with the organization and that Perry was the right person to fill the position.

“It was easy to see, as I was interviewing the candidates to be the 1st TSC command sergeant major, why he is held in such high regard by so many leaders throughout our Army.” Sullivan said. “He is absolutely the right leader at the right time to assume duties as our command sergeant major… Suffice it to say, he brings with him incredible experience, incredible leadership ability and we are all looking forward to benefiting from that.”

Perry joins the First Team after serving as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he joined the Army in 1992 following a family legacy of military service. Since 2003, he has deployed six times to the CENTCOM area of responsibility, the most recent of which he served as the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve sustainment sergeant major.

Smalls echoed Sullivan’s confidence in Perry’s abilities.

“I couldn’t think of any other command sergeant major that is more prepared, dialed in and ready to hit the ground running than Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Perry,” Smalls said.

During a set of short remarks, Perry thanked Sullivan for the opportunity to serve and Smalls for the leadership and guidance he provided over the years. He stated that it was clear how special the 1st TSC is with its long and storied history and that he is looking forward to serving with the ‘First Team.’

“I am truly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve with and for you in this great organization,” Perry said.