• CAC welcomes new senior NCO

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Outgoing Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Command Sgt. Maj. David Turnbull relinquished responsibility to incoming CAC and Fort Leavenworth Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Dostie in a ceremony May 10 at the Frontier Conference Center.
    “Today’s ceremony is a unique event that affects not only the lineage and honors of the organization, but also the loyalty and unity of its soldiers and civilians,” said Garrison Director of Human Resources Mark Salas, who served as master of ceremonies. “In his 1591 manual ‘Approved Order of Martial Discipline,’ the noted British military tactician Giles Clayton wrote, ‘a sergeant major ought to be a man of great courage, for his office is always to be in the face of the enemy.’”
    CAC and Fort Leavenworth Commanding General Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy said both Turnbull and Dostie have demonstrated that they are at the top of their field as command sergeants major.
    “(CAC is) 120,000 strong… and (more than) 100,000 of those are soldiers. They’re noncommissioned officers, they’re privates, they’re corporals, and the reason we have a sergeant major is because the bulk of what CAC does is support soldiers,” Lundy said.
    “Trust, a foundation of mission command, requires leaders of character, commitment and confidence, and both of these command sergeants major demonstrated that they’re at the top of their field when it comes to all three of those. (They have) impeccable character, true warfighting confidence (and) expertise and (are) fully committed to not only soldiers but our Army and our nation.”
    Turnbull assumed responsibility with CAC in March 2015. He joined the Army in 1984 and throughout his career has served at Camp Casey, Korea; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Richardson, Alaska, and as the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Alaska.
    Turnbull is an honorary member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and has been inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) and the Order of Saint Barbara.
    “I could not have asked for a better command sergeant major and a better wingman than Dave Turnbull,” Lundy said. “In a big organization that’s scattered around the world, you don’t get to cross paths every day, you don’t get to talk every day, you may not get to talk every week. So, it takes an immense amount of trust to be able to make sure you stay on the same sheet of music. There’s no one I’ve trusted more than Sgt. Maj. Turnbull to carry out those very important duties that we think about with the command sergeant major.”
    Turnbull said serving at CAC was the most difficult job he ever had in the Army.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It wasn’t because we didn’t have the best hometown in the Army because we do. It’s not because we don’t have the best leaders, best soldiers in the Army because we do. It’s not because we don’t have the best DA professional civilians on our staff because we do,” Turnbull said.
    “It’s because the Army gives us the tough jobs. It gives us the hard missions — the difficult, long, enduring projects that only CAC can do.”
    “With great challenge comes great rewards and from what I’ve seen over the last three years, what CAC delivers has been phenomenal,” he said. “It is incredible.”
    Turnbull retired from the Army in a ceremony May 11. He and his family will reside in Alaska.
    Dostie joined the Army in 1990. He has served as a gunner and commander of M551 Sheridan tanks in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade and a drill sergeant in 5-15th Cavalry at Fort Knox, Ky., and was selected as the Fort Knox Drill Sergeant of the Year in 1999. He was a squad leader and scout section sergeant with the 2-67th Armor at Friedberg, Germany.
    Dostie served as command sergeant major for the 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry — the Army’s first active reconnaissance and surveillance squadron aligned under a battlefield surveillance brigade — activating it in May 2009, before deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan in July 2010.
    Dostie has also served as command sergeant major for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany; U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward); and United States Army Central.
    Dostie is a member of the SAMC and has received three Draper Armor Leadership Awards and the bronze Order of Saint George.
    Dostie graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. He has completed all levels of Noncommissioned Officer Education System professional military education as well as Brigade Pre-Command and Command Sergeant Major courses, and the Command Sergeant Major Force Management Course.
    “We look forward to the things that are ahead for us and I think I made the right choice for the Army,” Lundy said. “I’m very proud to have you now on our team.”
    Dostie said he was grateful and honored to be chosen to join the CAC team.
    “I can’t think of a better organization of which to contribute to our Army not only for the soldiers that are in the force today, but especially as we look toward the future Army and those that serve,” Dostie said.
    “I look forward to serving with all our soldiers, NCOs, officers (and) civilians that make up the team here in the Fort Leavenworth community, and knowing I have big shoes to fill, I’ll strive to continue the fine legacy that Sgt. Maj. Turnbull left here,” he said. “Army strong.”
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