JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – “Today, I share with you a milestone that is both bitter and sweet,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham Jr. “Being selected to serve in the capacity as the 593rd (Expeditionary Sustainment Command) command sergeant major has been an honor and a privilege.”
The ESC senior enlisted advisor relinquished his role as the organization’s command sergeant major and his responsibilities in front of gathered leaders from around the ESC and across the installation during a ceremony at the North Fort Chapel here, Mar. 11.
“Over the past 18 months, serving in this position has been humbling,” said Graham. “The knowledge I've gained is invaluable and has changed my outlook on sustainment.
“As many of you know, no one person can claim success without having a great support cast,” he continued. “To the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, the “Rest Assured” family, it is truly amazing to see the transformation grow and the blessing that has transpired. Your performance has been steadfast and exceptional. It is because of your hard work and dedication that the 593rd is able to provide first-class support to organizations across Joint Base Lewis-McChord. You all are the most professional officers, and NCOs that I've served with throughout my career and are definitely a credit to the United States Army.”
The 593rd ESC commanding general, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. White, reflected on Graham’s performance.
“He always leads by example,” he said. “And you will not find a sergeant major that cares for Soldiers and families more than him.
“His leadership has been crucial in establishing and maintaining a command climate that is founded on the Army values with the emphasis of dignity, respect, and building trust,” he continued. “This is all in an effort to inspire a culture in which everyone can obtain their full potential and many times achieve goals that they never thought they could.”
Graham, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, enlisted in the Army as a heavy wheeled vehicle mechanic (MOS 63S), Sept. 30, 1991. Having previously served as the 16th Sustainment Brigade command sergeant major, Graham assumed the responsibilities at the ESC Sept. 16, 2019.
“Over his tenure, the ESC has deployed Soldiers globally that were ready to fight and win,” said the 593rd commanding general. “Whether it was fighting our adversaries in the Middle East, whether it was competing with near-peer threats in Europe, the Pacific, or the fight against the pandemic, Command Sgt. Maj. Graham’s leadership was essential to making our Soldiers ready, to successfully accomplish the mission, no matter how tough or how challenging."