ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis J. Dent accepts the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command color during an assumption of responsibility ceremony Nov. 22, 2011, at the C4ISR Center of Excellence at Aberdeen Proving Ground. This ceremony signifies his transition and official arrival as the CECOM command sergeant major.

Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, CECOM commanding general, thanked out-going Sgt. Maj. Jurgen Williams for his service as the interim CECOM command sergeant major to bridge the gap of tenure between former CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Tyrone Johnson and CECOM's newest command group member Dent.

Prior to this assignment, Dent served as the command sergeant major for the 516th Signal Brigade at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

"We simply needed your skills, talents and expertise," said Strong. "Command Sgt. Maj. Dent has had an incredible career in the Signal Corps [...] His experience and education are truly a perfect fit for us."

During his remarks, Dent thanked his family and Strong as he expressed sentiments of gratitude for being selected to serve as CECOM's command sergeant major. He looks forward to a successful tenure as he works to support a clear vision and a unified command.

Dent said this was an exciting time to join the CECOM team as it refocuses its priorities in light of the mission shift from downrange to optimizing the integration of the Army's Network modernization effort.