U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Billy S. Vetten, outgoing command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, passes the colors to Col. Matthew J. Gomlak, commander of U.S.A.G. Italy, during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon, incoming command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, takes the command during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon, incoming command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, receives the colors from Col. Matthew J. Gomlak, commander of U.S.A.G. Italy, during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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VICENZA, Italy – U.S. Army Garrison Italy Command Sgt. Maj. Billy S. Vetten relinquished responsibility to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon Wednesday on Caserma Ederle’s Hoekstra Field.

Vetten served the community as command sergeant major for 30 months, supporting three garrison commanders, and two deputy garrison commanders.

During his tenure, he was instrumental in driving USAG Italy to meet the demands of the mission and to ensure quality of life for single Soldiers.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Billy S. Vetten, outgoing command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, gives a speech during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Billy S. Vetten, outgoing command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, gives a speech during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Stefanie Pless-Mosley)
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He oversaw the management of physical installation space and structures, repairing and rebuilding of facilities, in-processing personnel, conducting emergency response operations, supervising base security and access protocols, and while integrating service providers such as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commissary Agency, Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation – just to name a few.

Mrs. Tonya Ann Hirata, wife to Command Sgt. Maj. Billy S. Vetten, outgoing command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, is awarded red flowers during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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Mrs. Josie Dyon, wife to Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon, incoming command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, is awarded yellow flowers during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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In February 2020, the USAG Italy community, and the world, could not have expected for the impossible to become possible – the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has been trying at times for all of us, especially during the times of the lockdown, but I believe that we are better for it and it only strengthens the partnership between our two nations,” Vetten said.

Because Italy was one of the epicenters for the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army looked at USAG Italy for lessons learned.

U.S. Army Col. Matthew J. Gomlak, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, provides remarks during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
U.S. Army Col. Matthew J. Gomlak, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, provides remarks during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara) (Photo Credit: Davide Dalla Massara) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Command Sgt. Maj. Vetten worked tirelessly with the USAG Italy team to develop the response handbook that served as a guide for the rest of the Army,” said Col. Matthew Gomlak, U.S. Army Garrison Italy commander.

Incoming USAG Italy Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Dyon recently relinquished responsibility as Command Sgt. Maj. of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Becoming the garrison command sergeant major is an honor, Dyon said.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon, incoming command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, gives a speech during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Davide Dalla Massara)
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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan D. Dyon, incoming command Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army Garrison Italy, gives a speech during change of responsibility ceremony under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy Nov. 10, 2021. (U.S. Army Photos by Stefanie Pless-Mosley)
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“This is Command Sgt. Maj. Dyon signing on to the Army’s home ‘South of the Alps’ – sustain, support, defend, ready garrisons for a strong Europe,” Dyon said.