Addington takes reins, Rocco bids farewell to garrison
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden has a new commander sergeant major after a change-of-responsibility ceremony Aug. 21 at the Clay Kaserne chapel.
Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Addington was tasked with the responsibility of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden by Garrison Commander Col. Mary Martin after outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco presented her the colors, signifying his time at the garrison was over.
“Sgt. Maj. Addington, I welcome you,” said Martin in a speech after the ceremonial transfer. “There’s a lot of great things to see and do here — hopefully you enjoy the journey and you and your family feel welcome here.”
To her outgoing command sergeant major, Martin offered her thanks and well wishes for his journey ahead.
“Thirteen months ago when I arrived in Wiesbaden, I was met by Command Sgt. Maj. Rocco,” Martin said. “From that day forward, I had a battle buddy.
“Together, we haven’t done everything, but we’ve put things in place for this community. Thank you for what you’ve done for this community. Hopefully, this has been one of your favorite assignments.”
Martin spoke about the wonderful accomplishments and partnerships they worked together on, and praised him for the things he’s accomplished while here.
“Wiesbaden is known to have one of the best [Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers] programs in Europe,” Martin said. “And that’s thanks to Sergeant Major Rocco’s mentorship.”
Rocco, for his part, said he’d miss Wiesbaden and spoke of the things he’d done and learned during the short-time he was stationed here.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve you (Martin) over the last 17 months,” Rocco said. “Being your command sergeant major has made me a better soldier. To the garrison, you’ve all made my job easy, thank you.”
Rocco also offered advice for the new garrison command sergeant major.
“To Command Sgt. Maj. Addington, welcome to our home in Germany,” Rocco said. “Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you.”
Addington thanked those who he’d met in the two days since his family had arrived in Germany and said he looks forward to his time in Wiesbaden.
“Open arms have welcomed us to this community,” Addington said. “It’s really been a family experience so far. Command Sgt. Maj. Rocco, you’ve given me big boots to fill, but I’m up to the challenge.”
Addington is a native of Charleston, S.C. He entered the U.S. Army and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as a 19D (Cavalry Scout) at Fort Knox, Ky. For his complete bio, visit http://www.wiesbaden.army.mil/sites/commander/csm.asp.