By MAJ. JOEL ANDERSON and SGT. 1ST CLASS GARY COOPER
3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
The 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hosted an assumption of responsibility ceremony Friday at Natcher Physical Fitness Center here to mark the change of senior enlisted leadership within the command.
During the ceremony, Soldiers, Families and community partners welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Bell as the newest member of the 3rd ESC command team.
Brig. Gen. Flem “Donnie” Walker, commanding general of the 3rd ESC, began by welcoming Bell and his wife, Lisa, to the command and to Fort Knox.
“In my assessment, he’s a proven leader and he has my full confidence in his abilities,” Walker said. “I have no doubt he will get right to the business at hand, but that really won’t be business as usual.”
Walker referred to an upcoming directed mission that the Sustainers will soon embark upon. He closed his remarks by reinforcing a few basic tenets for his Soldiers, saying “Stay focused, enforce standards and stay disciplined.”
Bell followed Walker and quickly closed on the podium for his remarks.
“I understand that your playbook will determine your team,” Bell began. “It doesn’t matter whether you block, tackle, catch or run. You have to be a student of your craft.”
“We are the Global Response Force Sustainment Command,” Bell continued. “We have to think expeditionary and be expeditionary.”
Bell went on to thank (retired) Command Sgt. Maj. Willie “The Big Guy” Tennant, the last sergeant major of the 3rd Corps Support Command in Germany, who brought the unit to Kentucky and transformed it into the ESC.
Finally, Bell paid a brief but poignant tribute to former 3rd ESC command sergeant major, Command. Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts Sr., a classmate and friend of Bell’s who died in October while serving as the 3rd ESC senior enlisted advisor.
Bell joined the 3rd ESC after a tour serving as the senior enlisted advisor of the 23rd Quartermaster Training Brigade in Fort Lee, Va.
Bell, originally from Tarboro, N.C., enlisted in the Army in February 1987 as an engineer and later became a member of the Quartermaster Corps. Bell has held every enlisted leadership position from squad leader to first sergeant leading up to his selection as a command sergeant major, having previously served at both the battalion and brigade level. He has also held positions ranging from logistics noncommissioned officer in charge to division G-4 senior supply sergeant major.
Bell has served overseas tours in Germany, Korea and combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Bell’s deployments include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom II, XI, XIII, to include having served in Uzbekistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a member of the Humanitarian Relief Element during the Hurricane Sandy disaster.