Fort McCoy News October 25, 2013

Dunstan new garrison command sergeant major

Command Sgt. Maj. DeeAnn K. Dunstan became the new Fort McCoy garrison command sergeant major during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Oct. 10.

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Incoming Fort McCoy Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. DeeAnn K. Dunstan passes a ceremonial noncommissioned officer sword, signifying her assuming responsibility of her new position, to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy First Sergeant 1st Sgt. Richard Sale.
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Dunstan replaces Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette, who retired after completing nearly 32 years of military service, the last four at Fort McCoy. Bissonette received the Legion of Merit Award for his service here.

Dunstan is beginning her fourth tour of duty at Fort McCoy. She previously served with the Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy; the Leadership Education Division of the 2nd Brigade, 70th Training Command at Fort McCoy and the Human Resources Command, St. Louis, with duty at Fort McCoy. Dunstan's last duty station before coming to Fort McCoy was with the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion (Tactical) at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, and she has a military occupational specialty of 38B, Civil Affairs.

Maj. Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, the commanding general of the 88th Regional Support Command and Fort McCoy's senior commander, served as the reviewing officer. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott, served as the presiding officer. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Fort McCoy provided ceremony and coordination support, which included the Fort McCoy Color Guard.

LeDoux said Dunstan is coming into a military environment that is turbulent, ever changing and transforming. The Army's NCO Corps is a key component in its success and its role is unlike the role of any NCOs in military service in other countries, LeDoux said.

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The Fort McCoy Color Guard display the colors at the change-of-
responsibility ceremony for incoming Garrison Command
Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. DeeAnn K. Dunstan.

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NCOs are charged with taking care of Soldiers, have the trust of officers and are the backbone of the Army, she said.

Without the quality that they bring to the Army, LeDoux said the U.S. Army would be like the army in any other country.

Command sergeants major serve as the eyes and ears of a commander. They set the standards, accept missions others don't, act as role models and mentors, and inspire excellence throughout the command, LeDoux said.

Dunstan's well-balanced resume, which includes service in all Army components — active-duty, Active Guard/Reserve, National Guard and Reserve — will help her serve the garrison well, she said.

Dunstan has served at every level from team leader to battalion command sergeant major at Fort McCoy. Nott said that experience will serve her well in her new role.

Dunstan said she was pleased to return to Fort McCoy to begin another tour and to work with the Garrison Command Group.

Teamwork will keep Fort McCoy a premiere force training site and continue to make it the site of choice for military training, Dunstan said.

Dunstan can be reached at 608-388-3605.