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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Natick, MA 01760-5012

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Date: February 8, 2001
No: 01-10

Retirement of Soldier Systems Center's Command Sergeant Major

NATICK, Mass. -- The Soldier Systems Center command sergeant major retired from the Army after 29 years of service during a ceremony held at a crowded Hunter Auditorium Jan. 31.

Command Sgt. Maj. Warren L. Williams entered the Army in 1971 as an infantryman, and following a break in service, reentered the Army in 1976. He served in a variety of leadership positions in his career, the final one at Natick.

"What can mere words say about this ceremony," Williams said. "It has been a great honor serving this country for 29 years, and I wouldn't change one iota."

Maj. Gen. John Doesburg, commander, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, said most command sergeants major don't want a ceremony to mark their retirement, but that cannot happen.

"You don't let 29 years go by unnoticed. He did his job and served his country in war and peace," Doesburg said. "Today we mark the fulfillment of a lifetime and a career. He's been the epitome of a command sergeant major."

Brig. Gen. Philip Mattox, deputy for acquisition and readiness for the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command, read portions of the noncommissioned officers creed and said how Williams has lived by the standards outlined in that creed.

"During his tenure here and around the world, he has been an outstanding soldier who has been the backbone of the Army," Mattox said.

He mentioned some highlights of Williams' career, including his participation in Operation Desert Storm and his training of more than 20,000 soldiers while he was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. "We all come, and we all go. But our legacy continues," Mattox said.

Williams was awarded the Legion of Merit for his four years of service at Natick, received a certificate of retirement and certificate of appreciation, and was presented with an encased honorary flag.

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