FORT CAVAZOS, Texas (August. 18, 2023) -- Members of the 901st Contracting Battalion and Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Cavazos welcomed their new sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 10 at Fort Cavazos, Texas.
Sgt. Maj. Kerry DuBose assumed responsibility as the battalion’s senior enlisted leader, responsible for all enlisted matters including Soldier readiness and quality of life, in a ceremony officiated by Lt. Col. Ian Vargas, commander of the 901st CBN and deputy director for the MICC-Fort Cavazos contracting office.
DuBose comes to the 901st CBN following his assignment as a student at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence at Fort Bliss, Texas, and graduation from the Sergeants Major Academy. Sgt. Maj. Nadejda Vorobyeva-Santiago, the previous 901st CBN sergeant major, departs for a position as the command sergeant major of the 414th Contract Support Brigade at Vicenza, Italy.
“I am grateful to be given this momentous opportunity to serve as the sergeant major of such a great organization. I look forward to helping you continue to guide the 901st Contracting Battalion to new heights and nothing less than excellence,” DuBose said. “I stand ready for the challenges that this position will bring, and I am prepared to put in the time and effort to ensure mission success.”
DuBose was assessed into the Army Acquisition Corps as an acquisitions, logistics, and technology NCO in 2014. He has served in nearly all contracting NCO positions within the acquisition career field at multiple locations and achieved his Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certification. He is no stranger to the MICC as his previous contracting assignment was with the 900th CBN at Fort Liberty, North Carolina.
“To the Soldiers and civilians of the 901st Contracting Battalion and MICC-Fort Cavazos, first I would just like to say that I am excited to be joining such an amazing team,” he said. “I am grateful for the welcome that I have received thus far and look forward to continuing to get to know everyone within the organization. I am committed to assisting you in any way I can, while sharing my knowledge and experiences.”
The assumption of responsibility ceremony included the passing of the battalion colors, which symbolize the heritage and history of the organization as well as unity and loyalty of their Soldiers. As the new battalion sergeant major, DuBose is the keeper of the organizational colors.
Following the ceremony, the Soldiers and civilians of the 901st CBN and MICC-Fort Cavazos were able to thank Vorobyeva-Santiago for her unwavering support, advice and mentorship while serving as the battalion sergeant major over the past two years. Vorobyeva-Santiago’s guidance and leadership was critical in the deployment of multiple contract detachment deployments in support of contingency operations, stateside mission and exercise support operations, and internal training exercises.
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,300 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitating training of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.