HEIDELBERG, Germany – An airborne combat medic assumed responsibilities as the senior enlisted advisor at the Warrior Transition Battalion – Europe at a ceremony on Campbell Barracks here Dec. 2.
“My job here is to take care of Warriors,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Gragg, emphasizing to the audience that it is a job that defines a non-commissioned officer. “That’s why I am so glad to be here, because taking care of Warriors and their families is the most important job there is.”
CSM Gragg comes to the unit from the 3rd Medical Command based at Fort Gillem, Ga. His previous leadership positions range from team leader to command sergeant major. He has served with combat and garrison units in Europe, Korea and the U.S.
Putting aside his prepared remarks, CSM Gragg summed up the role of his unit and Warrior Transition units everywhere in a phrase he said came straight from the heart.
“Warriors come here to take a knee, rest up, and get back into the fight,” he said, pledging to do everything he could to help every Warrior in Transition within the command do just that.
The battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. Michael C. Richardson welcomed the other half of his command team with equal fervor.
“I do not think any Soldier could be better suited for this job than Command Sergeant Major Gragg,” he said. “He is absolutely the right choice for the job.”
Since its activation in April 2008, the battalion has provided transitional care to 592 active and reserve Soldiers. Of these, 185 returned to the Army to serve in their original military occupational specialty or in another capacity suiting their capabilities.
The unit’s area of operations reaches into Germany, Belgium and Italy. This is unlike any other such unit in the Army.