Change of Responsibility

06/21/2014  |  By Staff Sgt. Deidra Jackson 108th Training Command (IET) Public Affairs
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Change of responsibility ceremony is a time-honored military tradition honoring the senior non-commissioned officer that is leaving a leadership position as a new noncommissioned officer (NCO) takes their place. Photo by Staff Sgt. Deidra Jackson, 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Change of responsibility ceremony is a time-honored military tradition honoring the senior non-commissioned officer that is leaving a leadership position as a new noncommissioned officer (NCO) takes their place. United States Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian took over as commandant for the Drill Sergeant School (DSS) from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McCoy at a change of responsibility ceremony Wednesday April 30, 2014 in Fort Jackson, S.C.

The DSS Commandant manages the operation of the DSS and conducts training in accordance with regulation. They also supervise the training certificate of DSL and PSL; review and analyze DSC and PSC critiques and course attributes.

United States Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lamont Christian took over as commandant for the Drill Sergeant School (DSS) from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McCoy at a change of responsibility ceremony Wednesday April 30, 2014 in Fort Jackson, S.C.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Deidra Jackson, 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McCoy, outgoing commandant of the Drill Sergeant School (DSS) has served as the commandant for the DSS for about three years.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Deidra Jackson, 108th Training Command (IET), Public Affairs

“My focus is to continue to provide the Army with confident NCOs who are the symbol of excellence in their initial military training environment,” said Christian.

“To provide a leader who practices being CPR daily which is Consistent, Professional and relevant,” he said.

The incoming commandant Christian adds this to his list of accomplishments. Christian is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and started his military training as a parachute rigger in 1986. Since then Christian has added to his resume as an infantryman and drill sergeant. His military education is very impressive ranging from jumpmaster course to pathfinder with numerous awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star Medal.

The outgoing commandant, McCoy, adds to his list of accomplishments. His most recent achievement prior to command sergeant major for the Drill Sergeant School was at Fort Benning, Ga. He started his military career as an infantryman before deciding to become a drill Sergeant. McCoy has served as the DSS Commandant for about three years.

Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis J. Woods, U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training Command Sergeant Major, said that the Drill Sergeant Academy and Fort Jackson’s current theme is oneness and unity; unity of purpose. The purpose of the commandant and drill sergeants is to provide quality NCOs who shape the lives of young recruits.

“One Army, one school, one destiny; what happens at Fort Jackson affects the entire Army,” he said.

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