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TACOM LCMC Welcomes Its 22nd Command Sergeant Major

22nd Command Sergeant Major, Ian C. Griffin

CSM Griffin is welcomed during a ceremony on June 23.

Outgoing TACOM CSM Jesse Sharpe talks to our workforce.

A standing room only crowd of TACOM Life Cycle Management Command soldiers and civilians welcomed their 22nd Command Sergeant Major, Ian C. Griffin, and said goodbye to outgoing Command Sergeant Major Jesse L. Sharpe, Jr., at a change of responsibility ceremony on Friday, June 23 at the Detroit Arsenal. Sharpe has served with the TACOM LCMC for the past two plus years and is retiring from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. 
 
TACOM LCMC Commander, Maj. Gen. Clark LeMasters, expressed his appreciation to Sharpe for his two years of faithful service to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and his complete confidence in Griffin as he becomes the highest ranking noncommissioned officer in the TACOM LCMC. 
 
“Command Sergeant Major Sharpe, thank you for your two years of dedicated service to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command,” LeMasters said. 

“You’re the right man for the job and I have every confidence in you to carry out your mission successfully,” LeMasters said of incoming Command Sergeant Major Griffin, after having charged him to “get to know the organization” and to “make yourself visible and available.”
 
“I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected as the Command Sergeant Major of such a prestigious organization,” said Griffin. “To all the members of the TACOM team, soldiers and civilians, I am proud to be a part of the team.”
 
A retirement ceremony for Sharpe immediately followed the change of responsibility ceremony, during which he and his family received several awards and certificates of appreciation. 

“You don’t get to be a command sergeant major in the Army just by showing up for work every day,” LeMasters said, emphasizing the significance of Sharpe’s accomplishments. He also pointed out how fitting it was that we were celebrating Sharpe’s retirement the day before the 30th anniversary of his enlistment on June 24, 1987. 

"You just missed it by a day,” LeMasters said. “I wouldn’t have made you come in on a Saturday.” He also provided a brief flashback showing what the Army was like when Sharpe enlisted in 1987, most notably how much larger the Army was then as compared with today. With heart felt emotion, Sharpe said how humbled he was and expressed his gratitude to his family and the TACOM LCMC team for all they had done to help and mentor him along the way.
 
Griffin previously served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment command from November 2015 - June 2017, and as the Command Sergeant Major for the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Other assignments include serving as the Command Sergeant Major for two Battalions: the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, located in Grafenwohr, Germany, and the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, located at Fort Riley, Kansas. He also served as Delta, Company 701st Main Support Battalion First Sergeant and the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 544th Maintenance Battalion Detachment Sergeant.

He held various other positions that include Brigade Rear Detachment Sergeant Major, Operations Sergeant Major, Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Control Supervisor, Platoon Sergeant, Maintenance Support Team-Team Chief, Automotive Repair Supervisor, Technical Inspector, Squad Leader, Wheeled Vehicle Recovery Specialist and Wheeled Vehicle Repairer.
 
Griffin deployed on multiple combat and contingency security operations in support of U.S. national interests, including deployments to Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in the Ebola response in West Africa and deployed to Senegal and Liberia in 2014.
 
Griffin earned a bachelor's of science degree in Global Business and Public Policy and a minor in Human Resource Management from the University Of Maryland University College. He is a graduate of several military courses and has earned numerous awards and decorations throughout his career. 

He and his wife, who is a retired First Sergeant, are the proud parents of five children.
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