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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:54pm
FORT BLISS — More than 100 attended the William Beaumont Army Medical Center change of responsibility ceremony, on the Northeast Lawn, April 4.
During the ceremony, Master Sgt. Raymond R. Cortez III, outgoing command sergeant major, relinquished his responsibility by passing the noncommissioned officer ceremonial sword to Col. Michael S. Heimall, WBAMC commander, who then passed the sword to the incoming Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Carl B. Dwyer.
Dwyer comes to the unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where he was the command sergeant major for the 47th Combat Support Hospital from April 2012 to March 2014. Before that assignment, he was command sergeant major of Troop Command, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cortez will continue at WBAMC until July as the chief clinical noncommissioned officer. In July, he will be reassigned to Korea.
Cortez’s experience as a combat leader and chief clinical noncommissioned officer made him uniquely qualified to be the senior enlisted advisor during this period at Beaumont. “I had complete confidence when I selected him for the job, and that confidence grew every day over the past five months,” said Heimall. Cortez’s quiet professionalism allowed junior NCOs to develop their teams as Beaumont recovered from a challenging budget year.
Heimall said that Cortez had done a great job and thanked him for accepting the challenge as his senior enlisted advisor.
Heimall then welcomed Dwyer and family as the command sergeant major. While assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Heimall met Dwyer briefly; however, they do not know each other well. His reputation for firm, compassionate and engaged leadership precedes him, Heimall said of Dwyer. “I know we are gaining an exceptional leader to guide us through the challenges of right-sizing our organization and preparing to move in the new hospital in 2017,” Heimall said.
In his remarks after relinquishing his position, Cortez was especially grateful Heimall gave him the opportunity to serve as command sergeant major. He was especially grateful to the NCOs and Soldiers who he had depended on for support to carry out the mission of caring for patients. The deputies have provided great mentorship and advice he could take with him throughout his career, Cortez intimated. He reminded the senior NCOs, that he would continue to require various reports when he returned to his position as senior clinical noncommissioned officer.
Dwyer thanked the Army and the chain of command for affording him the opportunity to serve as the command sergeant major at WBAMC. “I am truly humbled to have been given this tremendous opportunity,” he said.
It is important to maintain continuity as well as to welcome change. Dwyer acknowledged he may not have arrived here as promptly as expected from his previous assignment. He said that it was commitment, dedication and duty that kept him at JBLM until the mission was complete. “I am bringing that same level of commitment, dedication and duty to this command team, he said.
“WBAMC has a history of great service to the region and to the Army Medical Department or AMEDD. I will do my best to aid in continuing that history,” Dwyer said.