|By Evan Dyson, Installation Management Command
SAN ANTONIO — Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice joined the U.S. Army
Installation Management Command (IMCOM) as the highest-ranking
noncommissioned officer March 9, in a ceremony at Fort Sam
Rice has served the Army since 1981, most recently as command
sergeant major for XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.
He assumed responsibility for the IMCOM command sergeant major
position from Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt, who has served as the
interim command sergeant major for IMCOM since November 2011.
Felt will continue to serve as command sergeant major for the IMCOM
As Rice joins the IMCOM command group, he reunites with familiar
As command sergeant major for the Maneuver Center of Excellence and
Fort Benning, Rice served under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Mike
Ferriter, now the commanding general of IMCOM.
“It’s truly awesome,” said Rice. “I know without a doubt we have an
awe-inspiring leader who everything that he does is thinking about
our Soldiers, our Families and our Army mission. He lives it every
Throughout his career, Rice has held numerous command sergeant major
positions, including XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg; Maneuver
Center of Excellence and Fort Benning; and the U.S. Army Infantry
Center and Fort Benning.
In 1991, he was selected as the 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII
Airborne Corps Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
“Number one,” said Rice, “I’m a Soldier and I’m proud to be a
Soldier. I give it my best every single day.”
Drawing from those experiences, Rice plans to maintain a strong
connection with garrison leadership while working to standardize
services to Soldiers and Families.
“I know what’s made us successful at these places that I’ve been,”
he said. “It’s wrapping our arms around our garrison teams and
understanding their focus and how engaged they are with the mission.
It’s one of those things where you’ve got to be there and you’ve got
to provide the support.”
“(Looking ahead, it’s about) keeping our team focused on making sure
that we’re doing the right thing by our Soldiers and Family
programs,” said Rice. “And (that) we have the right assistance on
the homefront that allows our Soldiers to give their all.”
“We can’t forget why we come to work every day,” said Rice.