Vowing to be a “360 degree leader” Command Sergeant Major Lance Thomas accepted the ceremonial noncommissioned officers sword and assumed the responsibilities as the Fort Meade Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) Command Sergeant Major from Command Sergeant Major R.D.W. Crosby during a change of responsibility ceremony.
Colonel Laura R. Trinkle, MEDDAC commander, hosted the traditional ceremony that took place at Fort Meade’s McGill Hall in front of a large audience made up of Soldiers, civilians, friends and Family members.
In her remarks, Trinkle said “It has truly been my pleasure to serve the past 18 months with Command Sgt. Maj. Crosby as my Battle Buddy. The most important thing about our relationship was that I knew I could always trust him to give me sound counsel. I knew that the welfare of the Soldiers, NCOs, Officers, and civilians of this organization were always utmost in his mind.”
Crosby, who has served since entering the US Army Reserves in June 1986, will be retiring later this year in his home state of North Carolina. During his remarks he thanked the Fort Meade community as well as the entire Fort Meade MEDDAC. He said “I truly do treasure…I will always treasure, the time that I have spent on your team.” He ended his remarks with a few words quoted from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem “Success” on the meaning of living a successful life "To win the respect of intelligent people… To earn the appreciation of honest critics… and to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.”
To her new command sergeant major Trinkle said “Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas, you bring with you a wealth of experience and knowledge that is certain to benefit this organization. I know we are all anxious to learn from your guidance and involvement.”
In his remarks Thomas praised Crosby’s leadership and dedication and thanked him “for allowing me to inherit a successful organization.” He vowed “I will be a 360 degree leader; I will lead south to the Soldiers under my care; I will lead north by influencing those with authority over me; I will lead east and west impacting my peers; but most importantly, I will stay humble yet vigilant in maintaining my own compass needle centered on our MEDDAC mission, vision, and values.”
In his position as command sergeant major, Thomas is now responsible for carrying out the policies of the Commander as well as setting and maintaining high quality standards and discipline for the organization. He advises and initiates recommendations to the commander and staff in all matters pertaining to unit functionality.
Thomas entered the Army in May of 1991and was most recently assigned in South Korea as the 8th Army’s chief medical non-commissioned officer. He is a graduate of Trident University with a Masters of Business Administration (Finance) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management.