WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — An Evergreen native has been assigned the post of garrison command sergeant major at the U.S. Army base known as the birthplace of America’s space and missile program.
Command Sgt. Major Vincent McCormick assumed his new duties at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, during a change of responsibility ceremony on Dec. 5.
As the command sergeant major, McCormick serves alongside the commander, providing insight and advice as they make decisions on how to train and prepare their units to accomplish their assigned missions. The mission at White Sands Missile Range is to provide America’s Armed Forces, allies, partners, and defense technology innovators with the world’s premiere research, development, test, evaluation, experimentation, and training facilities to ensure our nation’s defense readiness.
The first atomic bomb was tested at White Sands on July 16, 1945. The 19-kiloton explosion helped lead to an end to World War II and also ushered the world into the atomic age.
McCormick said he feels “energetic, motivated and honored” about his new job and said he is looking forward to “being part of the command team that can better serve the White Sands Missile Range community by focusing on common goals that benefit all personnel.”
Before assuming his current position, McCormick served as the command sergeant major for the 47th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Evergreen is home for McCormick, but like many career soldiers, he said home also is “wherever the Army sends me.”