FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2011) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) officially welcomed its new top enlisted Soldier in a ceremony here today at Marshall Hall.

Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin J. Bohn assumed responsibility as the 18th FORSCOM command sergeant major in the ceremony hosted by Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the FORSCOM commanding general.

Bohn is now the command's senior enlisted Soldier, and enlisted advisor to the commanding general, of the U.S. Army's largest command -- responsible for the training, mobilization and deployment of more than 850,000 active and reserve component Soldiers throughout the continental United States.

Bohn most recently served as command sergeant major of the International Security Assistance Force -- Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. An assignment where he also served with Rodriguez.

During the ceremony, Rodriguez passed the FORSCOM colors to Bohn with the assistance of Sgt. Maj. Joseph C. Harris, FORSCOM G2 (Intelligence) sergeant major. The acceptance of the colors symbolically represents the incoming command sergeant major's acceptance of the responsibility for mentoring and training the command's enlisted Soldiers.

"I have known Sgt. Maj. Bohn for several years and I've had the privilege of serving with him in Afghanistan and I can assure you that he loves serving with Soldiers, and he places the needs of his Soldiers before his own," said Rodriguez.

"He (Bohn) has served in some of the most challenging assignments in our Army," said Rodriguez, "Those same jobs and his unique experience make him the best qualified to serve here as command sergeant major."

Bohn reflected on the tradition of excellence in the Army: "Army Forces Command stands at the forefront. The Soldiers in this command are like all Soldiers in our Army today -- here to serve our nation and to protect our security here and abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"I am proud to stand here today before this audience as command sergeant major of Forces Command," said Bohn. "I am humbled to have the opportunity to help guide the way forward for the soldiers of this powerful command."

Bohn lauded the Soldiers and Family members of FORSCOM for their sacrifices and professionalism.

"The challenges we will face will be tremendous, but we will not falter. We will continue to hold ourselves in the highest standards in all that we do. We will train our soldiers to fight across a full-range of military operations anywhere in the world against any enemy, and win decisively," said Bohn. "I am grateful for this opportunity to keep this Army strong and ready."