In a traditional ceremony, Belvoir garrison said farewell to one senior enlisted leader and welcomed a new one. Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young, Monday morning in Belvoir’s Thurman Auditorium.
“I consider this my home and truly care about what happens on the installation. I will miss the leaders, Service members and employees of Fort Belvoir and look forward to making it back here in the future,” Perry said.
Perry is heading to Joint Base Langley-Eustis to serve as the command sergeant major for Installation Management Command Support Directorate-Training.
Perry said at the ceremony, “(Garrison commander) Colonel Greenberg and I have very different personalities, but that’s not bad. The last thing a commander needs is a CSM who agrees with everything they say. Colonel Greenberg calls it, and me, pessimism; I like to consider myself an optimistic realist.” Perry said Greenberg has the community in the forefront of his mind and has a gift of compassion and care for every individual.
Greenberg said at the ceremony, “Sergeants major fill an important role … in a position that requires a leader with fortitude, competence and confidence. Command Sergeant Major Perry set the standard for all those who’ve had the pleasure of working with him.
“He leaves a legacy of leadership, logic and compassion, which personified his service to the Army and nation,” Greenberg said, adding Perry is consistently a leader of integrity, growth and character who provides frank advice, when needed.
Perry continued by saying Belvoir garrison has the best directors and civilian workforce within IMCOM. “Garrison operations are not something a Soldier is taught. The ability to take an MI (military intelligence) Soldier who knew nothing about installation operations and give him enough information to make me dangerous speaks volumes on your capability and professionalism,” he told the directors and workforce. “Without your patience and leadership, I would not be where I am today.”
CSM lauds staff professionalism
Perry commended garrison teams for their efforts in several major events on Fort Belvoir, including Oktoberfests; Smucker’s Mission Breakfast; NFL Play football camp; the Lt. Dan Band, and the Maddie and Tae Concert. “These events spanned the entire garrison and it took a team from each and every directorate and special staff to make these events successful,” Perry said.
He also had high regards for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, who he called the workhorse of the installation. “From set up to tear down, they ensure every event is professional, which highlights the best of the installation,” he said. Perry added in personal appreciation to the USO and Red Cross on Fort Belvoir, for their help with missions, exercises and events.
“Today is bittersweet, for me. I have to leave the place I’ve called home for over 16 years of my career, but know you are in great hands with CSM Young,” Perry said. “You all are in the hands of a combat-tested, tactically and technically competent CSM that will lead you into the future. You are lucky to have such a dynamic leader.” Perry advised Young that he enjoy his time here, as it goes quickly.
Young thanked leaders for the opportunity to serve the Fort Belvoir community and said he looks forward to overcoming challenges, championing successes and working together to make Fort Belvoir the best community possible.