FORT LEE, Va. – Due to poor road conditions caused by recent adverse weather, the Garrison Change of Responsibility ceremony scheduled for today has been postponed.
The transition of authority between outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Clarence D. Richardson and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Vittorio F. DeSouza is now scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Lee Club.
The garrison command sergeant major serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the garrison commander. Command sergeant major is the highest rank that can be achieved among enlisted soldiers.
DeSouza will take Richardson’s place on the Fort Lee Garrison command team, working alongside Col. Adam Butler, Fort Lee garrison commander, and Melissa Magowan, Fort Lee deputy to the garrison commander and senior civilian advisor.
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Fort Lee Soldiers, families and civilian employees began a century of support to the nation in 1917 when Camp Lee was established to train the 80th Division for service during WWI. Today, Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army professionals in fields such as transportation, supply, culinary arts and equipment repair and maintenance. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.