FORT LEE, Va. (June 14, 2011) - For only the 10th time in the history of the Quartermaster Corps, Soldiers watched as the torch of leadership was passed from one senior non-commissioned officer to another. Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims assumed duties as the regimental command sergeant major during a ceremony June 14 at the Fort Lee Regimental Club.

Sims accepted the responsibilities from Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan J. Hunt III, who has already moved on to his new position as the top non-commissioned officer for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command. Participating in the ceremony was Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Penn, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade command sergeant major, who served as the interim senior NCO.

“Although Command Sgt. Maj. Hunt and his wife Roslyn were unable to join us for today’s ceremony, I’m going to talk about him anyway,” said Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, 51st Quartermaster General. “This is fitting because he gave his all to the business of leading, caring, maintaining and training our young warriors, junior leaders as well as our more seasoned professionals. His contributions to the Quartermaster Corps were many and he will be missed.”

Sims, a Florida native, takes over following a successful tour as the command sergeant major of the 49th Quartermaster Group, also located on Fort Lee.

“As senior enlisted advisors, we have the duty to serve others and their families,” said Sims. “I am truly honored that as the 10th regimental command sergeant major I will have the distinct opportunity to serve thousands of quartermaster Soldiers within our ranks.

“Whether at Fort Lee, or a cave in Afghanistan or Iraq…I will be establishing ways to make the lives of quartermaster Soldiers better.”