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Fort Benning gains a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility

FORT BENNING, Ga (WRBl) - Fort Benning has gained a new command Sergeant major during a change of responsibility. 

The ceremony took place Wednesday, March 14th in front of the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Fort Benning says, Command Sgt. Maj. Connie L. Rounds assumed responsibility as garrison command sergeant major from Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Pouliot.

“We’re excited, it is a great opportunity for you, and it is a great opportunity for Fort Benning. We’re lucky to have you.” - Col. Cox

Col. Clinton W. Cox, garrison commander, presided over the ceremony and spoke highly of Rounds. He said having Rounds as sergeant major would be beneficial to both Rounds and the garrison.

Rounds, Mayersville, Mississippi native, has many accomplishments such as serving as the brigade operations sergeant major with Area Support Group in Kuwait, he's served as the directorate sergeant major and test parachutist for the Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate at Fort Bragg,NC. Rounds has also been the battalion and brigade operations sergeant major and battalion command sergeant major for 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“I look forward to building a strong, enduring relationship in order to continue to improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Rounds, during the event. “Because life is, indeed, better at Benning.”

Drill Sergeant, Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster and Ranger courses are all a part of his military education. Rounds has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. 

During this ceremony, many people also took the opportunity to say their goodbyes to Pouliot.

 “At the core of who he is, he cares for the Soldiers and their Families, not just in words, but in genuine deeds – genuinely demonstrating care and compassion for their needs,” said Cox. “When it came to championing Soldiers’ issues, whether it was (Army Emergency Relief), child safety, or answering another (Interactive Customer Evaluation) comment, he was always there and always committed to delivering the best outcome. Even if that wasn’t exactly what the customer wanted or expected, he took the time to explain why, so they understood and became part of the team.”

Pouliot had a few words of his own. 

“It came down to one word, and that one word truly is ‘involvement,’” said Pouliot of the successes he achieved during his time as a garrison command sergeant major. “I got involved, put myself at the point of friction, and assisted in solving whatever problem presented itself.”

Pouliot is moving on to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to be the command sergeant major of the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier.




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