BarCo native made new command sergeant major

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Fort Leavenworth Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Shoffner speaks at the ceremony in which Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Fuller assumed responsibility as the garrison command sergeant major from Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Blasko, who also retired during the July 8 ceremony at the Frontier Conference Center. Photo by Bob Kerr/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Fuller said he was 'looking forward to the task at hand'

In July, the Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Garrison welcomed a new command sergeant major in at the Frontier Conference Center, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Fuller.

A Barry County native, Fuller was born in Monett, has several family members in Cassville and Monett, and is a graduate of Pierce City High School. He most recently served as the battalion command sergeant major for U.S. Army NATO Allied Forces South. He entered the Army in November 1989 as a utilities equipment repairer and reclassified in 1993 as a human resources specialist.

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Shoffner (left) passes the Garrison colors to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Fuller during a ceremony July 8 at the Frontier Conference Center. Fuller assumed responsibility as the garrison command sergeant major in July from Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Blasko who also retired in the ceremony. Contributed photo

Upon retirement, Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Blasko said goodbye to the Army after 30 years of service, and the Garrison command team welcomed Fuller.

"Together, they represent more than half a century of experience and selfless service to this country," said Col. Andrew Shoffner, Garrison commander, about the two command sergeants major.

Noncommissioned officers make the U.S. Army stand out from other armies in the world, Shoffner said.

"Without them, there is no order to the chaos and friction that is often prevalent in our line of work," he said. "They are the personification of what it means to soldier on when the going gets tough. They, the noncommissioned officers, are the backbone of the Army."

Shoffner said Blasko's care for the soldiers and community showed with his actions in the two years he was at Fort Leavenworth.

Blasko spent time educating school-age children at Harrold Youth Center, met often with combat veterans at the Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth, and dedicated time to ensuring Vietnam veterans in the community received their commemorative pins and a proper welcome home. His effect on post was also felt, Shoffner said.

"Your care of the welfare of the soldiers on this post is deeply engrained and evident by the countless hours you have personally dedicated to their quality of life whether it was the 369 beds assigned at Single Soldier Quarters or the over 1,680 sets of quarters that serve as homes on this great post for our Army families," he said. "You ensured they were all taken care of and assisted them all when necessary."

Moving forward, Fuller is the right person for the job, Shoffner said.

Fuller has served with 143rd Signal Battalion, Frankfurt, Germany; 530th Supply and Service Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.; 23rd Area Support Group, Camp Humphreys, Korea; headquarters Allied Land Forces Central Europe (NATO), Heidelberg, Germany; B Co., 369th Adjutant General Battalion, Fort Jackson, S.C.; Alexandria, Va.; U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, Training Development Directorate and NCO Academy, Fort Jackson; U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy student, Fort Bliss, Texas; 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany and Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg.

Positions assigned include distribution service supervisor; admin supervisor for the secretary of the chief of staff, Headquarters, Allied Land Forces Central Europe (NATO); senior drill sergeant; assistant course director/instructor; senior strength management noncommissioned officer; senior personnel sergeant; NCO in charge, Human Resources Division, Training Development Directorate; NCO Academy first sergeant (Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course); R5 (Reception, Staging, and Onward Movement) sergeant major, 1st Human Resources Sustainment Center; U.S. Army Europe Equal Opportunity program sergeant major; and Forces Command EO/Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program sergeant major.

Fuller has deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Implementation Force and Stabilisation Force and to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

"Kim (Shoffner) and I look forward to working with you as an integral part of the Garrison team," Shoffner said. "We know you'll pick up where Sergeant Major Blasko left off and take us to even bigger heights."

Fuller thanked those supporting his career and his family's transition to Fort Leavenworth and said he was looking forward to the task at hand.

"Katrin (Fuller) and I are really excited to be on board and be part of this great organization and installation," Fuller said. "We truly appreciate the warm welcome that we received, and I'm especially honored to have the opportunity to work with such an inspired team that strives every day to make this great installation like a home for our soldiers, civilians and family members. I look forward to working with each of you as I do my part in keeping Fort Leavenworth the best hometown in the Army."