FORT LEE, Va. (April 7, 2021) – He has served under two commanders, made a plethora of operational assessments, met Soldiers across the ranks, battled a global pandemic and performed work on many other fronts.
In hindsight, the last two years have been anything but uneventful for Command Sgt. Maj Terrence T. Scarborough, the outgoing 14th CSM of the Transportation Corps.
“My departure from the Fort Lee area will be bittersweet,” said the New Haven, Conn., native who began his latest assignment on Jan. 25, 2019. “A little over 27 months ago, I became a part of a team here at the Sustainment Center of Excellence – by way of the Trans. Corps – and it’s been a great tenure.”
Scarborough is scheduled to leave in the next few weeks to become the top enlisted leader for the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. His replacement is CSM Randy T. Brown, the senior noncom for 599th Trans. Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
First serving alongside Chief of Transportation Brig. Gen. Jered P. Helwig, Scarborough concludes his time here with the 31st COT, Brig. Gen. James M. Smith, who will be moving on to his new assignment in a few weeks as well. The CSM said the past nine months with Smith have given him a broader appreciation for the Army’s transportation function.
“The things we’ve worked on here are having a definite impact on sustainment across ‘big Army,’” Scarborough acknowledged. “Our sphere of influence and level of impact are beyond measure.”
The Trans. Corps, with 60,000 Soldiers across all components, is the smallest of CASCOM’s logistical entities. However, the TC motto – “Nothing happens until something moves” – underscores its criticality despite a small footprint.
Amongst the achievements over the course of his term, Scarborough said he is most proud the corps’ new level of transparency.
“Unlike years past, our internal communities are more aware of what’s going on across the Transportation Corps enterprise,” he said. “We have more touch points – whether it is thru social media, media coverage or our newsletter and forums – to keep team members informed on issues affecting Soldier and leaders. A high level of transparency has come to fruition.”
The enhanced, more-open posture was accomplished despite the monumental distractions caused by COVID-19, the CSM further observed.
Also on Scarborough’s list of achievements are the working relationships forged with other CASCOM partners to address sustainment gaps and other issues.
“We’ve proven the Transportation Corps truly believes in unity of effort,” he said. “Going forward, we continue to work in concert with other stakeholders at large such as the Quartermaster Corps, Ordnance Corps and our teammates down at Fort Jackson (S.C.).”
The latter location, sometimes called CASCOM South, is home to the Finance and Adjutant General Corps, both of which are Army sustainment functions.
Scarborough said there are few goals that will not be fulfilled prior to his departure, but the groundwork has been laid to pave the way toward success.
“There are a few things in which we have not gotten to the finish line as of yet,” he said, “but our intent was to make sure those initiatives – those strategic tasks based on our enduring priorities – have momentum, meaning that the conditions have been set for the next leadership team to hit the ground running and carry the baton closer to the finish line.”
Scarborough, who has spent an inordinate amount of time in line units during his career, said he leaves the Trans Corps CSM position with an appreciation for being “the face and voice of the field” with the power to address cares and concerns with community members, whether they are Soldiers, NCOs, officers, civilians or their families.
“It’s incumbent upon us as senior leaders in the Transportation Corps to create a climate or environment where everyone can thrive as they contribute to our success,” he continued. “That’s what I’m proud of.”
Smith and Scarborough’s combined change of command/responsibility ceremony is set for May 6 at 8 a.m. The outgoing COT is scheduled to take a position in Europe. His replacement has not been named.