WIESBADEN, Germany - The Wiesbaden military community welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed A. Mustafa during a luncheon on Clay Kaserne July 26.
Mustafa, who last served as the command sergeant major of the 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Fort Bliss, Texas, took over the senior enlisted leader slot at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden this month following the departure of Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Prince in May.
"Command Sgt. Maj. Mustafa comes to us with a huge amount of experience," said Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, during the luncheon in the Community Activity Center.
Citing Mustafa's deployment in leadership positions during Operations Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and wealth of experience while serving all over the United States and in Korea, Carstens said he was looking forward to the new command sergeant major's assistance in enhancing critical support within Wiesbaden to better serve Soldiers and their Families.
Among challenges Carstens said he has asked Mustafa to tackle are making the Wiesbaden Welcome Center an inclusive experience for all newcomers and achieving the Army's one-plus-one standard for service members residing in the barracks.
The garrison's new senior noncommissioned officer thanked all those who helped welcome him and his Family to Wiesbaden.
"On behalf of my Family, thanks for the best and warmest welcome I've had in 28 years in the Army," said Mustafa, who hails from Highland Falls, N.Y. "One of the things I've noticed, as Col. Carstens is fond of saying, 'Wiesbaden is your home in Germany. … I feel like I'm home right now … like it's truly a way of life here."
Sharing stories of instances where Wiesbaden military community members came immediately to his aid in the days since he's arrived, not knowing anything about his rank or background, Mustafa said he knew he was joining "a winning team. … All across this installation I've seen these kinds of examples.
"I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting out there to do big things," he said.