Army Forces Command welcomes new top enlisted adviser, salutes outgoing Command Sergeant Major

By FORSCOM Public AffairsSeptember 8, 2023

Gen. Andrew Poppas, the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims, the outgoing command sergeant major of FORSCOM, with the Certificate of Retirement following a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The change of responsibility ceremony signifies the enduring commitment to upholding the values and mission of the Army.
Gen. Andrew Poppas, the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, presents Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims, the outgoing command sergeant major of FORSCOM, with the Certificate of Retirement following a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The change of responsibility ceremony signifies the enduring commitment to upholding the values and mission of the Army. (Photo Credit: 22nd MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LIBERTY, N.C. - U.S. Army Forces Command welcomed a new command sergeant major and saluted its retiring command sergeant major during a Sept. 8 change of responsibility ceremony at the command’s Fort Liberty, N.C., headquarters.

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims retired with nearly 36 years of military service during the ceremony following three years advising the FORSCOM commander on all matters related to manning, equipping and training conventional Army forces units from Fort Drum, N.Y., to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.  FORSCOM includes active-duty Soldiers, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard forces.

Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims, the outgoing command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Forces Command, passes the command colors to Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the commanding general of FORSCOM, during a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The ceremony underscores the Army’s dedication to maintaining a seamless transition of leadership.
Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims, the outgoing command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Forces Command, passes the command colors to Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the commanding general of FORSCOM, during a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The ceremony underscores the Army’s dedication to maintaining a seamless transition of leadership. (Photo Credit: 22nd MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

Command Sgt. Maj. TJ Holland became the 24th command sergeant major of U.S. Army Forces Command during the military ceremony attended by more than 200 command representatives, friends and family members. Holland arrives at FORSCOM from the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Liberty, where he served for three years as the command sergeant major there.

“Here at Forces Command, our top Soldier in the Command Sergeant Major role needs to be proven in combat, fit, driven, expert in warrior tasks, an inspiring communicator and leader to each of the many types of Soldiers, civilians, family members on our team,” said Gen. Andrew Poppas, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command. “Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims has been the right leader for the job. I am fortunate to have served by his side … and I am proud to continue serving alongside Soldiers who have learned from his example.”

Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, gives remarks during a change of responsibility ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims and Command Sgt. Maj. T.J. Holland at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The change of responsibility ceremony showcases the unified organization that is the United States Army.
Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command, gives remarks during a change of responsibility ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims and Command Sgt. Maj. T.J. Holland at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The change of responsibility ceremony showcases the unified organization that is the United States Army. (Photo Credit: 22nd MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

“This career, this community has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” Sims said.

Sims thanked family, former commanders he served with and mentors, and said many officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, families and Department of the Army civilians have helped him along the way.

“You know, I switched over to the Army after four years in the U.S. Marine Corps because I saw so many opportunities available to me as a Soldier,” Sims said. “It is humbling to consider that 30 years later, I’ve had the chance to help make those same opportunities available for NCOs and Soldiers across FORSCOM.”

Poppas also recognized the incoming command sergeant major’s skill and service.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Holland knows warfighting.” Poppas said.  “A paratrooper who has led Soldiers in five different geographic combatant commands and he has led FORSCOM Soldiers at the division and corps levels. He arrives ready to lead and set the example.”

Poppas continued, “command Sgt. Maj. Holland is here to drive the highest standards for warfighting, discipline, and culture.”

Holland said he is honored to serve as the next FORSCOM command sergeant major and is looking forward to joining the team. He recognized and thanked his family, friends, fellow Soldiers and leaders who helped him both as a Soldier and leader.

Command Sgt. Maj. T.J. Holland, the incoming command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Forces Command gives remarks at a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. This time-honored military tradition commemorates the seamless transition of unit responsibility and leadership from one senior enlisted advisor to another.
Command Sgt. Maj. T.J. Holland, the incoming command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Forces Command gives remarks at a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. This time-honored military tradition commemorates the seamless transition of unit responsibility and leadership from one senior enlisted advisor to another. (Photo Credit: 22nd MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

“I couldn’t imagine a better organization to be a part of,” Holland said. “I will do everything I can to meet your expectations as a leader. I plan to maintain the trust of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.  FORSCOM has the best selection of Soldiers and leaders and I feel fortunate to have the call sign ‘Freedom Seven.’”

The change of responsibility is a simple yet traditional military ceremony rich with symbolism and heritage. The key to the ceremony is the passing of the colors. The soul of a military unit is symbolized by the colors under which it fights, for the colors represent not only the lineage and honors of the unit, but also the loyalty and unity of its Soldiers.

Sgt Maj. T.J. Holland, the incoming command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Forces Command, stands for the playing of the Army Song during a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The unity fostered by this tradition highlights the resilience and shared sense of purpose found within the Army.
Sgt Maj. T.J. Holland, the incoming command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Forces Command, stands for the playing of the Army Song during a change of responsibility ceremony at the FORSCOM headquarters on Fort Liberty, N.C., September 8, 2023. The unity fostered by this tradition highlights the resilience and shared sense of purpose found within the Army. (Photo Credit: 22nd MPAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

Holland's bio can be found on the FORSCOM Website: https://www.forscom.army.mil/