RELEASE NUMBER: 120614-01
DATE POSTED: JUNE 14, 2012
USASOC welcomes new senior enlisted Soldier
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jun. 14, 2012) – The United States Army Special Operations Command welcomed a new senior enlisted Soldier during a change of responsibility ceremony at Meadows Field, June 14.
Command Sgt. Maj. George A. Bequer assumed responsibility of USASOC from Command Sgt. Maj. Parry L. Baer. Bequer becomes the ninth command sergeant major to serve as the USASOC highest senior enlisted Soldier. Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., presided over the ceremony.
“It has been my privlage to not only serve in the United States Army for the past 35 years, but it has to have been in the ranks and serve next to what I consider that true heroes of this force and this nation,” Baer said. “(Command Sgt. Maj. Bequer) you are the right person to come in a follow behind me and continue to lead the enlisted force into the future. ”
Bequer comes to USASOC after serving as the command sergeant major of the Special Operation Command Central since 2009.
He has served in Special Forces for the last 28 years, the majority of which were with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. Bequer also served as the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan command sergeant major in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations.
“A man will make three choices in his life: who he marries, if he will have children, and what calling he will pick," Bequer said. “If you've decided to be a Soldier in the United States Army and wear a beret, if you've decided to be a Soldier in the United States Army and serve in the USASOC family, then you have made a phenomenal choice. I am honored to have been selected as the new sergeant major, and I am honored to be allowed to serve you as new CSM."Baer, the USASOC command sergeant major since December 2007, will be retireing after more than 34 years of military service.