FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WXOW) — Outgoing Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Jeffrey McGlin officially retired and transitioned the new 88th Readiness Division Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ronnie Farmer into the role with a traditional ceremony on Sunday.
The ceremony honored the accomplished and welcomed the new leadership. Fort McCoy is home to several different facets of military leadership. The 88th Readiness Division is one that prepares and maintains facilities that soldiers train at throughout 19 states in the country–managing around 52,000 soldiers. All of which, CSM Ronnie Farmer is now in charge of.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” CSM Farmer said. “Anytime that you can impact soldiers lives and their families it’s a great day for us and I’m enjoying that.”
“Moving on into retirement gives me more time with family and now my new granddaughter here who really loves Grandpa,” CSM McGlin said. “Working directly with soldiers–that’s my favorite part. Helping them watching them get promoted. Watching them develop.”
The CSM oversees 700 facilities around the country and makes sure soldiers and their families are properly taken care of.
“So what I’m hoping to do is bring it back to basics, soldier care, taking care of our people and being ready for the fight wherever that may be,” CSM Farmer said. “Any place, any time, anywhere.”
According to Fort McCoy representatives, several other qualified people applied for the competitive position. CSM Farmer was chosen by a panelist based on his education, deployment history and fellow soldier evaluations.