Story by Capt Adam W. Jackson
ARLINGTON, Va.— Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz relinquished responsibility as command sergeant major of the United States Army Reserve to Command Sgt. Maj. James M. Lambert at a ceremony Friday on the Pentagon Courtyard. Lambert is serving on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is chosen.
"James Lambert is a seasoned professional and military leader of 29 years experience at all levels of command," said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley the Chief of Army Reserve and commanding general of United States Army reserve Command."I’ve worked with CSM Lambert since July, and have found him to be the consummate Soldier, gentleman, and professional. I know he will keep the Army Reserve leadership moving forward to promote and support our outstanding Army Reserve Soldiers, their Families, and the civilians.
As interim command sergeant major, Lambert will assume the responsibility for providing support to all Army Reserve troop program units worldwide, with total end strength of 205,000 Soldiers and 12,600 civilians with an operating budget of more than $8 billion dollars, and responsibility for over 1200 Army Reserve facilities and six Army Reserve military installations.
Schultz has been command sergeant major of the United States Army Reserve since 2009. His next assignment will be as senior enlisted advisor to the Office of the Secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs.
“One of the principles that I’ve sought to instill in the Army Reserve since becoming the CAR and CG is the need for our leaders to foster an environment of genuine care and concern for their Soldiers, civilians, and Family members,” Talley said. “Command Sgt. Maj. Schultz was a formative force in both defining and pursuing that initiative; and spearheading efforts to spread that message down to the lowest level leaders.”
The "change of responsibility" ceremony is a military tradition. The Army holds the ceremony when a senior non-commissioned officer leaves a leadership position and a new NCO takes his place. The ceremony renders honors to the departing NCO and provides official recognition for the incoming leader.