Story by SSG John Briggs on 08/14/2019JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington -- Soldiers from America's First Corps welcomed their new command sergeant major during a brief ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aug. 12.
Command Sgt. Maj. Shane E. Pospisil joins I Corps from his former position as the division command sergeant major for the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, I Corps commanding general, found the right sergeant major to be his senior enlisted advisor the moment he spoke with Pospisil.
"I knew that about 10-seconds after interviewing him," said Volesky. "Even though it was on a (video teleconference). I could feel the intensity, the professionalism that he exudes."
Pospisil's participation in operations in Haiti, Panama and Europe brings knowledge and expertise from the Atlantic to the Pacific region. According to his official bio, Pospisil joined the Army Oct, 28, 1991. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His military education includes all of the courses offered by the Army's Noncommissioned Officer Education System. His civilian education includes a bachelor of science in administrative management from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.
"I'm Shane Pospisil and I'm a proud member of America's First Corps," Pospisil went on to say. "It's like hitting the lotto. It's incredibly humbling to continue to serve this nation with Americas sons and daughters."
Volesky spoke about the most important characteristics he found from the best NCO's he's worked with while highlighting one common thread between them: the Soldier.
"Noncommissioned Officers are responsible for many things, but none more important than the care and well-being of the Soldier," said Volesky. "It is the Soldier who is the past, present and future of our Army and leading them is and honor and privilege that we earn every single day."