White Sands Missile Range Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Wofford, left, relinquished responsibility as White Sands Missile Range's Command Sergeant Major to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher A. Prosser, right, during a change of responsibility ceremony April 16 in front of the Headquarters Building at WSMR with WSMR Commander Col. David Trybula.
U.S. Army Photo by Jose Salazar
White Sands Missile Range Command Sgt. Maj. William A. Wofford relinquished responsibility as White Sands Missile Range's Command Sergeant Major to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher A. Prosser during a change of responsibility ceremony April 16 in front of the Headquarters Building at WSMR.
"When you look at CSM Wofford's accomplishments over the last few years, it's apparent that CSM Wofford has contributed vastly to team WSMR," said WSMR Commander Col. David C. Trybula.
Trybula said that under Wofford's leadership, at the strategic level, Wofford as the White Sands Missile Range Command Sergeant Major set the conditions for the next generation. With the publication of the National Defense Strategy, the announcement of Army Futures Command, and the declaration of the Army's six modernization priorities, Wofford worked diligently to ensure WSMR was postured and prepared, understanding that WSMR is the critical crossroads for National Security modernization.
At the operational level, Trybula said Wofford enhanced mission support, took care of Soldiers, Civilians, and Families, and integrating WSMR into the fabric of the surrounding communities.
"CSM Wofford understands the importance of relationships and their ability to enhance mission support. His abilities to get to the heart of the matter allowed him to develop relationships with every tenant organization on WSMR. Clearing up miscommunications, resolving support issues, re-prioritizing work to more efficiently support operations across an area of almost 3,200 square miles in parts of five counties in southern New Mexico," Trybula said.
He went on to say that his over watch and guidance provided for a successful stationing of the 3-6 ADA Patriot Test Detachment, to be permanently in place to enable and accelerate testing platforms and effects that deliver readiness to the warfighter by providing early and continuous Soldier touch points from development through testing and beyond.
At a personal level, Trybula said Wofford maintained the pulse of WSMR. "Whether spending time with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, retirees, range riders, archivists, firefighters, police officers, or residents everyone knew that they could have CSM Wofford's ear. He has made a significant difference in the development of myriad individuals at WSMR."
"We are sorry to see CSM Wofford depart. He has been an exceptional driving force at WSMR, and a great colleague and mentor. We wish CSM Wofford all the best in his future endeavors."
"However, as we see CSM Wofford off please know that WSMR is gaining a truly great leader in CSM Christopher A. Prosser," Trybula said.
Prosser comes to WSMR from the Mission Command Center of Excellence Fort Leavenworth. He has served in various heavy, light and Stryker units throughout his career and has held leadership positions in Armor, Cavalry and Stryker units including Tank Gunner, Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major.
Prosser is not new to the area as he previously served in the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. His most recent assignments include duties as Special Assistant to the Sergeant Major of the Army, Pentagon, Washington DC; Command Sergeant Major of 4th Squadron (Recon), 2d Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; and as the Command Sergeant Major of Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.
Prosser's three combat tours include two tours Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one tour Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He has also deployed to Kosovo for Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR4B).
"He respects and values his teams, and I have no doubt he'll bring great ideas and enthusiasm to team WSMR. You can all feel confident that you're getting an outstanding new Command Sergeant Major," Trybula said.
"We expect nothing but excellence in the coming years from CSM Prosser. CSM Prosser we welcome you, Michele, and your family to team WSMR."
In his farewell speech Wofford said the time seems to have flown by. "It really doesn't seem like it's time for this assignment to come to a close."
Wofford thanked his present and former commanders for the opportunity to fulfill this assignment and for their guidance and friendship.
"It has been both an honor and a privilege to have fulfilled the position of the installation Command Sergeant Major," Wofford said.
"In my incoming remarks I said the two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and good bye for the last. Hello because you don't know what to say, and good bye because you don't know what to say," he said.
"WSMR has become more than just a work place it has become my home."
Wofford said there were so many people we wanted to thank but there was not enough time.
"When I assumed responsibility of the installation I stated there were a couple of things I would try to do. 'I will try to be a 360 degree leader. I will lead south to those subordinate to me. I will lead north to those with authority over me, and I will lead east and west impacting my peers.' Most importantly I wanted to stay focused and vigilant in maintaining my compass needle centered. I hope I accomplished my intent or intended goals."
Speaking to Prosser, Wofford wished him and his family all the best as he starts this amazing journey. "Congratulations and good luck."
In his speech, Prosser thanked Col. Trybula and Wofford for their warm welcome.
"I've continued to serve in the Army thanks to the leaders I've had and (because I enjoy) being part of a team."
While at Fort Leavenworth Prosser said he held several different roles. Prosser said two things stand out in his roles as a leader. The first is that to be valued you must be of value to your organization. "That means coming to work and doing your best and strive to be better."
The second thing is that everyone deserves good leadership at any level, starting with the leader all the way to the most junior Soldier. "I believe good leaders help you get through hard times," Prosser said. "They want you to do your best and they will do their best for you."
"I am grateful to have this great opportunity to lead."