White Sands has new com­mand­ing of­fi­cer

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

WHITE SANDS MIS­SILE RANGE — White Sands Mis­sile Range wel­comed a new in­stal­la­tion com­mand sergeant ma­jor, the high­est en­listed rank in the Army, with a cer­e­mony held Tues­day.

“I know I have big shoes to fill,” said in­com­ing Com­mand Sgt. Maj. Wil­liam A. Wof­ford.

Out­go­ing CSM Wil­liam K. Mad­dox re­tired from the Army af­ter 30 years and was com­mem­o­rated in a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony.

Mad­dox served at WSMR for two years and said he will be stay­ing in the area through the spring with his wife and two chil­dren.

“This is a pretty unique in­stal­la­tion. It’s been an in­ter­est­ing ride. We’ve en­joyed our time here at White Sands,” Mad­dox said. “Thank you for mak­ing our last as­sign­ment in the Army a very mem­o­rable one and a very en­joy­able one.”

Wof­ford, orig­i­nally from Cof­feyville, Kan., has served in the Army since 1990 and has grad­u­ated from ev­ery level of the non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Wof­ford’s awards in­clude the Bronze Star, the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal and the Army Com­men­da­tion Medal.

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