Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Kleinholz, in his first official act as Fort Belvoir’s Garrison Command Sgt. Maj., returns the garrison colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Michel Fraser during his Assumption of Responsibility ceremony in Thurman Auditorium, Friday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Kleinholz assumed responsibility of the care of Soldiers and civilians of the garrison, during Friday ceremonies in Thurman Auditorium. The event was witnessed by friends, family, the Army Provost Marshal and a contingent of Fort Belvoir military police.

Garrison Commander, Col. Joshua P. SeGraves, said the position is primarily about taking care of people.

“As the chief of staff of the Army has charged us, along with the sergeant major of the Army, its people first. They ensure their Soldiers’ health and discipline is up to date and up to par. The position also requires a professional leader with fortitude, competence and confidence. Command Sgt. Maj. Kleinholz has all those qualities, and I can tell you that he’s been here for two weeks, but officially in his office for a week, and it’s as if he’s already been here for a year – and I mean that in a good way – and I’ve been handing him tasks immediately, and he has done that in spades.

I appreciate it already,” SeGraves said.

“His leadership roles and deployments make me look forward to his future guidance, as a critical member of the command team,” SeGraves added.

SeGraves noted that Kleinholz’ transition to Fort Belvoir was made much easier through the dedicated work of Command Sgt. Maj. Michel Fraser, who had dual duties with the garrison Headquarters Battalion for several months.

“She is a talented leader, and has natural abilities as a person and as a Soldier and as a command sergeant major, and I am grateful that she is currently our Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion command sergeant major,” said SeGraves.

“I look forward to working side-by-side with you, as we remain ready for change during a pandemic and uncertain environment, we will continue to adapt to new conditions and circumstances and continue to perform the team’s missions here, well into the future of the Fort Belvoir garrison, “said SeGraves.

In in first address as the Garrison command sergeant major, Kleinholz thanked Fraser for her leadership in supporting both the Garrison and the battalion as senior enlisted advisor. He asked everyone to give Command Sgt. Maj. Fraser an “air high-five” when they see her to acknowledge her dedicated efforts to the garrison.

“I’m honored that the Army selected me to serve an executive Brigade level position within our Army. Let alone, alongside some of the great professionals within the National Capital Region,” said Kleinholz.

He added he told SeGraves that he stands ready to create a strong command relationship built on teamwork and inclusion throughout each directorate.

“The collaboration and team-building early on sets the stage for a dynamic command team that I look forward to strengthening each day,” he said.

“I know my father is watching from above, as I serve as the Garrison command sergeant major on the last installation in which he served in the late 60’s.

“I’m honored to be a part of the Fort Belvoir team – everyone has my loyalty, and I will earn your loyalty.”