Csm Caffie New Top Army Reserve Enlisted Soldier

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WASHINGTON - In a ceremony held at the Pentagon on Aug. 29, 2006, CSM Leon Caffie was sworn in as the 10th command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, taking over for CSM Michelle Jones, who has served in the assignment since October 2002.

Due to a change in structure, Caffie will fill a dual role by also being command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. In that capacity, Caffie succeeds CSM Nick Piacentini, who is moving on to be the command sergeant major at the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Caffie previously served as the command sergeant major of the 377th Theater Support Command headquartered in New Orleans, La.

In his new position, Caffie is the top NCO of more than 153,000 enlisted Soldiers who fill the ranks of the Army Reserve. His duties include serving as the chief adviser to the Chief, Army Reserve on all enlisted Soldier matters, particularly areas affecting training, leader development, mobilization, employer support, family readiness and support, and quality of life. Caffie is the Army Reserve enlisted Soldier's representative at all levels within the Army, Department of Defense, U.S. Congress and in the media. He also will serve as an active member of multiple councils and hoards that make decisions and recommendations affecting Soldiers and their families.

Caffie comes to the job with more than three decades of military experience. He started his military career April 2, 1970 when he was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country in Vietnam from August 1970 to June 1971. Caffie joined the U. S. Army Reserve on March 31, 1972, and has served in many different assignments during his climb through the ranks, His military campaigns include Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. …