12th Aviation Branch at Rucker has a new senior NCO
Command Sgt. Maj. Tod L. Glidewell became the 12th Aviation Branch senior NCO at Fort Rucker on Wednesday.
Glidewell served as the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center command sergeant major before his new position. Sanders, who served as the senior enlisted officer at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) since January 2007, will retire later this spring after about 30 years of Army service.
During his remarks, Glidewell said aviation success cannot define success for the Army.
“Before we pat ourselves on the back, we must remember that our ground brothers are truly the ones (who) assign our measure of success because they are truly why we exist,” he said. “Soldiers like these are why I serve.”
USAACE and Fort Rucker Commander Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III said they were sad to see Sanders go, but were ready to work with Glidewell.
“He’s the right man for this time, for our Branch and for
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Felder said Glidewell’s duties he performed in his last position will have an impact on USAACE. Felder, who worked with Glidewell in
“I feel the skill sets that he has acquired as the Army’s top safety NCO have given him the experience to make better assessments on programs, Soldiers and systems,” Felder said. “His standards of excellence and integrity will only enhance what the Branch command sergeants major before him began.”
Felder added that Glidewell’s familiarity with the installation will be an asset in his new post.
During the ceremony, Sanders said he will miss serving in the Army.
“Thirty years ago, I made the decision to join the Army, and (in) doing so, I began a calling and a career that would prove better than I expected,” Sanders said. “The Army demanded and insisted more of me than I would have ever asked of myself.”
Felder said Sanders made two big impacts on USAACE while he served as the command sergeant major. One of those was on getting