By Mr Mark Iacampo ( Hohenfels )October 12, 2011
HOHENFELS, Germany -- Members of the Hohenfels Military Community gathered to witness the transfer of responsibility between U.S. Garrison Hohenfels Command Sgt. Maj. Brenda J. Kadet to Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth McKoy at a ceremony here, Sept. 28.
Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Kevin J. Quarles praised Kadet's tireless efforts on behalf of Hohenfels' 6000 residents, efforts that have resulted in overall Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) satisfaction levels in the mid-90 percent range for the past year.
"She (Kadet) has been your biggest advocate and has fought for you," Quarles told the crowd. "That will be her legacy. A senior leader who gave everything she had, every day, for all of us."
In her final statement, Kadet lauded the professionalism of the Soldiers, civilians, and local nationals serving the garrison, pointing out that some sections have lost up to 50 percent of their original assigned strengths.
"And yet we continue to meet our missions," she said. "You've done whatever was asked of you and maintained an exceptional attitude and accomplished great things."
Kadet reminisced about the arrival two years ago of former Joint Multinational Readiness Center Commander Col. John M. Spiszer and his family, and how they instantly coined Hohenfels' now-familiar sobriquet, "the great little place."
"They saw in one look, what many overlook. And they partnered with the garrison to create a family and a team that encompasses every unit and every element of our community and made our great place the very best place to live and to work," said Kadet.
"Although I am sad to leave our great little place and this wonderful country, I leave knowing I've made life-long friends," she added. "I will never forget my time in Hohenfels, Germany."
McKoy acknowledged that Kadet has left some big shoes for him to fill.
"I have heard nothing but positive comments about you and accolades to you from everyone I've spoken to on this post," said McKoy.
Quarles said that the position of garrison Command Sgt. Major demands total commitment, and that McKoy's record speaks volumes to his competency.
"Soldiers, families, and civilians who serve in this community deserve the absolute best quality of life that the U.S. Army has to offer," said McKoy. "And today, I accept the responsibility of ensuring that they get what they deserve."