MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- The Marine Corps Logistics Command here has long gone without a sergeant major underneath the commanding general's level.
That changed Friday.
Sgt. Maj. Conrad Potts assumed his position as sergeant major of Maintenance Center Albany and Headquarters Group East at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
This is the first sergeant major that has been appointed for MCA, a subordinate command under LOGCOM, as well as Headquarters Group East.
Potts brings to the position almost 30 years of experience as a Marine. He was promoted to his current rank, the highest for an enlisted Marine, in 2005. He previously served as sergeant major of 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat in Twentynine Palms, Calif.
"When I first saw the sign outside the maintenance center, which read 'What you do is important, everyday a Marines' life depends on it,' I connected to that," Potts said as he addressed the crowd at the ceremony Friday. "It's about taking care of Marines and their families, especially as a sergeant major, because that's what we do. It's an awesome privilege to be here today.
".... I truly look forward to serving you, the Marines and civilians of this community."
The position calls for Potts to support the civilian-Marine work force at MCA as well as maintain morale. He will serve as an advisor to Col. Terry Reid, commander of MCA.
"The sergeant major serves as the unit commander's senior enlisted advisor and handles matters of discipline and morale among the enlisted Marines," said Reid in a statement. "Having a sergeant major here at Headquarters Group East, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Maintenance Center Albany will give the command that senior level enlisted advisement that we have been missing at the command. Prior to the establishment of a sergeant major billet here at Maintenance Center Albany, the Marines here at Marine Corps Logistics Command did not have a sergeant major in their chain of command until they reached the commanding general's level. Now we have a senior enlisted advisor whose knowledge and experience can help shape careers by providing advisement and counsel that may prevent a lot of grief.
"Additionally, as the sergeant major of Maintenance Center Albany, Sgt. Maj. Potts will be called upon to be a liaison between MCA and our Marine Corps units. He will help us to better understand the needs of our customers to help ensure that they are provided with simply the best equipment available. (Sgt. Maj.) Potts comes to us with a tremendous reputation for candid advisement and a genuine concern for troop welfare. His impact is already being felt as he goes about doing what only sergeants major can, being the eyes, ears and the voice of the commander."