FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 8, 2018) -- The “Provider Battalion” welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony Friday at MacLaughlin Fitness Center.
Command Sgt. Maj. Micheal L. Lambert, a 25-year Soldier who most recently served as the Quartermaster School Logistics Training Department SGM, replaced CSM James R. Holmes III, who has been reassigned to become the 405th Army Sustainment Brigade CSM at Daenner Kaserne, Germany.
Lt. Col. Brian S. Neill, 266th QM Battalion commander, presided over the ceremony that included the traditional passing of the organization’s command flag from the outgoing to the incoming CSMs.
The mission of the Provider Battalion is to command and provide administrative and logistical support for the four advanced individual training companies under its purview. Each company has an average strength of 1,300 students, instructors and cadre.
Holmes noted how the team has trained and graduated over 3,500 culinary specialists, 1,300 transportation specialists across five military occupational specialties, 800 mortuary affairs specialists, and drove in excess of 80,000 miles in support of the Transportation School and training units on and off the installation during his tenure.
“I wish Sergeant Major Lambert the best of luck as he takes charge of this amazing team,” Holmes said.
Neill also offered a warm welcome to Lambert and noted how he looks forward to working with him.
“Sergeant Major Lambert, welcome to the Provider team. I look forward to your own type of unique leadership as you come to my organization, and (am anxious to) make it our organization,” Neill said. “Every time a leader changes, different rocks and different kinds of energy get kicked over. Sometimes, you find gold under those rocks; sometimes you don’t. But, I challenge you to kick over those new rocks, and I challenge you to take the Providers to the next level in different areas I cannot even think about.
“Change isn’t bad, it’s renewal,” the commander continued. “It’s bringing fresh energy, a new set of eyes, and fresh perspectives, diversities and thinking about (mission-related tasks) in a different way so we can accomplish great things.”
Lambert enlisted in the Army in 1992 and attended quartermaster advanced individual training here. He holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. His extensive list of military leadership training includes the Equal Opportunity Advisor Course, the Master Resilience Trainer Course and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.
“Today, I really look forward to being part of an organization that has been tasked with producing the Soldiers of the future,” Lambert said. “I have just one promise from me to you – I am about to give you everything thing I’ve got. Supporting Victory!”