SEMBACH, Germany – Dental Health Command Europe conducted a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 11, as the outgoing sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Tres Bien Adams, relinquished responsibility to Sgt. Maj. Cesar Quintana.
Col. Manuel Pozo-Alonso, commander of Dental Health Command Europe presided over the “mostly” virtual ceremony held in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s Heaton Auditorium. The virtual ceremony was broadcast live on social media in order to maintain physical distancing and to ensure the safety of the Soldiers, Family members, and DA civilians.
“Today we say goodbye to Sgt. Maj. Adams and her family,” said Pozo-Alonso. “There is so much to say about the incredible leadership that Sgt. Maj. Adams has provided to the headquarters team, the dental team and the region.”
“During the past year of serving with Sgt. Maj. Adams, I’ve seen a tremendous Soldier, an amazing mother and wife and a totally engaged senior leader advisor,” added Pozo-Alonso. “She has been the best battle buddy I could have ever hoped for. My time serving with her has made me a better person and a better leader.”
Adams gave thanks to those with whom she served.
“This has been an amazing assignment,” said Adams. “I have had the honor and privilege to work with, in my opinion, some of the best leaders in Army Medicine. I have learned and I have grown as a leader and a person and I attribute that development to each of you here.”
“During my time with Dental Health Command Europe I have had the honor of working with a team of amazing professionals,” Adams added. “Your leadership, commitment and support ensured the success of Dental Health Command Europe and helped us to lead the way across the Army Dental Corps as leaders in readiness and wellness.”
Adams departs for San Antonio, Texas where she will assume the leadership role of command sergeant major for the 264th Medical Battalion at Joint Base San Antonio.
The change of responsibility ceremony welcomed the incoming Dental Health Command Europe sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Cesar Quintana, a recent graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
“To the Dental Health Command Europe team, I look forward to working with you to improve upon the success you have already established,” said Quintana. “To the Soldiers, it is my distinct pleasure to serve as your sergeant major. My purpose is to continue to develop and mentor you as professionals. My success lies in your achievements.”
“I look forward to our continued success and I appreciate Sgt. Maj. Adams assistance with this transition. We wish you and your family the best of luck,” added Quintana.
Col. Pozo-Alonso said, “Sgt. Maj. Quintana has an impressive bio and extensive military career. He brings to the region a fresh outlook, a fresh mindset and a different set of experiences that will, no doubt, have a positive impact on the command.”
“I am confident that the Soldiers and DHCE personnel are in good hands under your leadership. I welcome you and look forward to working and serving with you,” Pozo-Alonso added.
Dental Health Command Europe was activated in 2016 and is headquartered at Sembach, Germany. It is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Regional Health Command Europe and oversees command and control of the three Dental Health Activities located in Rheinland-Pfalz, Bavaria, and Italy.
DHCE’s mission is to ensure the dental readiness of all active duty military personnel stationed in the U.S. Army Europe area of responsibility.
For more information on Dental Health Command Europe, visit: https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/dencom-europe/index.cfm