HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - As he accepted the noncommissioned officer saber from the garrison commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley D. Hood assumed responsibility as garrison command sergeant major of Hunter Army Airfield.
Not a stranger to the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, Command Sgt. Maj. Hood's previous three assignments were with the 3rd Infantry Division and he spent almost five years at Fort Stewart. Though the missions between Forces Command and Installation Management Command differ, Command Sgt. Maj. Hood believes his personal mission hasn't changed.

"I'm still taking care of Soldiers," he said. "As long as I have the opportunity to take care of Soldiers and Family Members and support them in every way, my mission hasn't changed drastically. Being able to take care of Soldiers in an honor and a privilege because we know it's the Soldiers who really make the Army what it is."

Command Sgt. Maj. Hood replaces Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Abraham, who served as interim garrison command sergeant major for the past nine months. Despite serving in a position two grades above her rank, she excelled, according to garrison commander Lt. Col. Ed Kovaleski.

"Sergeant 1st Class Abraham is no stranger to excellence," he said. "We're going to miss her
high standards of professionalism, her passion for serving and her aid in problem solving. I know she will continue to have a positive impact on Soldiers and Families at her next assignment."

For Command Sgt. Maj. Hood, adjusting his primary mission from the "warfighter" mentality of the 3rd ID will be a change, but one he is excited to make.

"Here in IMCOM, the mission is different; our mission here on Hunter Army Airfield is to support and defend -- support the Soldiers and Family Members in a different light," he said. "I look forward to moving on and doing some great things with the community and with the Soldiers and Families on Hunter Army Airfield."

Also a big part of being the garrison commander at Hunter is taking an active role in the community, both inside and outside the gates, Command Sgt. Maj. Hood said.

"I look forward to being a part of what's going on in the community," he said. "I think relationships are something big that we have to (continuously) work on. You can't work on a relationship from a distance, so appreciate being right here in the heart of Savannah, being part of the community and everything that's going on within the community."

He and his family -- wife Eleecia Banks and children Erika, Stanley Jr., and Danielle -- are no strangers to Savannah and they look forward to spending more time in the historic city.

"My family and I, we spend a lot of time in the community already," he said. "When we were at Fort Stewart, we spent some time in Hinesville but we did a lot of commuting here to Savannah and we really appreciate and enjoy the history that Savannah has to offer. Being part of this community and socializing with the people in the community is just great."