Command Sgt. Maj. Danfert J. Espinal, retiring command sergeant major, Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin, incoming sergeant major, stand ready at the beginning of the passing of the colors during a change of responsibility ceremony held March 2 at the 1st TSC Headquarters building, Fort Bragg, NC. [Photo: Spc. Jamie L. Philbrook]

Fort Bragg, NC – 1st Theater Sustainment Command welcomed a new command sergeant major during a traditional passing of the colors and change of responsibility ceremony held at the 1st TSC Headquarters building March 2.

Command Sgt. Maj. Charles M. Tobin succeeded Command Sgt. Maj. Danfert J. Espinal, who was the 1st TSC command sergeant major for 34 months.

Tobin first entered active duty in October 1983 attending basic training and advanced individual training at Ft. Jackson, S.C.

His first assignment was in the 82nd Airborne Division. He then left the Army for one year returning in October 1987 and was assigned to the Federal Republic of Germany.

During his career, Tobin has served in every non-commissioned officer leadership position from squad leader to command sergeant major. He has participated in contingencies such as Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Tobin bring the right skill set to ensure our Soldiers are prepared for the challenges that lay ahead, with-in the 1st TSC and the Army,” said Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, 1st TSC commanding general.

As Tobin prepares to takes over as the senior enlisted advisor to Dowd he shares his intent as the new command sergeant major and reflects upon his new position and what he has learned from Espinal.

“Officers, non-commissioned officers and Solders of the First Team, I want to thank you and your families for all that you do,” said Tobin. “I am placed in this position to better serve you. I plan to bring energy to the formation and I will be available, approachable, and accessible.”

“Command Sgt. Maj. Espinal, you have served a great nation with distinction and honor,” said Tobin. “You and your lovely wife have left a great legacy behind. As you walk away today, you have left a positive mark on our lives, especially my career. Your mentorship was institutional in my life. I plan to build on the foundation that you have laid.”

Tobin went on to say that Espinal left big shoes to fill, but together as a team they will get through it.

“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to end my career in the place where it all began,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Danfert J. Espinal.

Espinal said goodbye to the Army and the 1st TSC after coming full circle in his career.

Espinal was a young private when he came to the unit, then called the First COSCOM. Almost 32 years later he retires as command sergeant major of that very unit he began his career in.

“I have truly come full circle,” said Espinal. “Like many of you here today, I was unsure if I wanted to make a career of the Army. At the time, I was looking for direction, a way to get a head start in life and to try something new. I wanted to be all that I could be.”

“He’s a self-made man who accomplished a tremendous amount during his career,” said Dowd. “Today we had the opportunity to honor the past by recognizing Command Sgt. Maj. Espinal, a great Soldier, but I think he would agree with me when I say that today is just as much about the future, as it is about the past.”

Espinal closed with a word of advice for those he was leaving as he heads into retirement.

“Before I sign off I have one last tool for you to add to your ruck sack,” said Espinal. “Respect is one of the most important elements of your Army Values. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated because in the end they will always remember you for that.”

“BlackJack seven is leaving the net,” said Espinal. First Team!”


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