Natick, Mass. – The U.S. Army Garrison – Natick recently welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Roldan to Team Natick. Roldan who brings with him a wealth of experience through his 21 year Army career, strongly believes in putting people first by taking care of Soldiers, Family and staff alike.
“As Noncommissioned Officers, our job is to carry out the day to day business of the Army, with a focus on training and taking care of Soldiers and Families,” said Roldan. “As your command sergeant major, my job is to ensure the Senior Commander and Garrison Commanders’ vision, priorities, and intent are achieved, while simultaneously being an advocate for Soldiers and Families.”
Roldan was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Lexington, Kentucky as a teenager where he enlisted in the Army as a Religious Affairs Specialist (56M) in 2000, beginning his decades long career.
“I have been in the Army 21 years and never reclassed. I think that the Army is a profession of service and within the profession of arms, I believe that the Chaplain Corps is all about service,” said Roldan. “There are about 23 to 28 of us [Religious Affairs Sergeants Major] in the Army. It’s kind of a small population.”
Roldan joined the Army as a plan to surpass goals in his life and has made a career out of setting and exceeding expectations.
“I think that the Army provided an opportunity for me to excel and succeed,” said Roldan. “It gave me an opportunity, at that time, to ‘be all I can be’. I love that motto. I have always loved it. I think the Army has allowed me to do that.”
Roldan said he has a simple vision for the installation as the Command Sergeant Major and part of the command team.
“My job is to ensure commander and senior commander’s vision is achievable, manifested by really bringing people together and make sure we are all rowing in the same direction,” Roldan said. “I have a vision of teamwork, sharing hardships together and, in all, winning together.”
Roldan believes that developing leaders is an important part of his NCO mission, coupled with taking care of Soldiers and Families.
“Leader development, both for our civilian cohort and for our Soldiers is an important initiative,” said Roldan. “We are the team that helps enable the other teams. What I want to see happen here is that we continue to move in very positive and good direction that has been laid out by those who were here before me.”
As Roldan works with the command team, the staff and the installation tenants, he looks forward to people knowing he is an equal member of the team.
“I want to work hard. I may serve as the garrison command sergeant major but, I am just a dude,” said Roldan. “That’s what I want people to know up front. We are all on the same team, working together.”