21st TSC welcomes new command sergeant major

by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Taylor
21st TSC Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Sanchez took the reigns as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s senior enlisted adviser from Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer during a change of responsibility ceremony Dec. 16 at the Kleber Fitness Center on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.

Brig. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, commanding general of the 21st TSC, presided over the ceremony.

“As we say farewell to Team Spencer, I am equally excited to welcome Command Sergeant Major Michael Sanchez as our new command sergeant major. His reputation is likewise legendary and we are thrilled to have you in the 21st TSC,” Piggee said. “I know you will be a tremendous addition to our team at the 21st TSC and it’s with extreme pride that I say welcome aboard.”

Sanchez previously served as the Central Command’s J3 and J4 sergeant major at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

“I feel honored and blessed to be here today. Brigadier General Piggee, thanks for your confidence in me as I step into this awesome role with its tremendous responsibilities,” Sanchez said. “It is with great pride I return to Germany as the command sergeant major of this outstanding unit. A big part of my career has been spent in this great country, and I could not be more excited to serve again here with such amazing hosts and friends.”

During the ceremony, Piggee also expressed his gratitude and thanks to Spencer and his family.

“Command Sergeant Major Spencer’s extraordinary vision, clarity of purpose, unmatched technical and tactical abilities, and outstanding leadership ensured mission accomplishment to the highest standards and have positively impacted the lives of over 25,000 Soldiers, civilians and family members,” Piggee said. “Jim, Laura and Olivia, thank you all for your hard work, dedication and commitment. I know I’m speaking for everyone here when I wish you the best of luck and God speed.”

Spencer will go on to the Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Ill., where he will serve as the command sergeant major.

“There are no words that I could say that would do any justice to the amount of appreciation and respect that I have for the leaders, Soldiers, civilians, local nationals and families of the 21st TSC. You all are our nation’s best and have performed exceptionally well during some of the most turbulent times of our military’s history,” Spencer said.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, for upholding the Army values and living all those creeds which we are judged by,” Spencer said. “Your untiring efforts and continued service in making our Army and all of the surrounding communities better is truly remarkable.”