STUTTGART, Germany - Navy Fleet Master Chief Roy M. Maddocks became the seventh U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) Senior Enlisted Leader during a change of responsibility ceremony here May 8. Maddocks relieved Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mark L. Farley, who had served as the EUCOM Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) here since Sept. 2006.
Maddocks thanked Army Gen. John Craddock, Commander, U.S. European Command, for selecting him as the next SEL and said he was honored to serve the men and women of this command.
He also expressed his appreciation toward Farley: "Since my arrival, I have had the opportunity to observe first hand the relationships you've developed and your contribution to the command," Maddocks said.
Turning his focus to his audience, Maddocks addressed the military and civilian members. "Together we will face the many challenges here, which require a team effort," he remarked. "I'm eager to get started. One team one fight, I'm proud to be a part of the EUCOM team."
Maddocks most recently served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. Other assignments include Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, Research and Development Department Head and Operations Department Leading Master Chief, he is a plank owner of the United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land Forces (SEAL) Team TEN, and Command Master Chief of SEAL Team EIGHT at Little Creek, Va.
He completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center (NTC) Orlando, Fla., is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy, the Command Master Chief Course and the National Defense University KEYSTONE Course.
Maddocks, who joined the Navy in 1977, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
As EUCOM's Senior Enlisted Leader, Maddocks serves as the commander's primary adviser on all enlisted matters. In addition, he is responsible for providing oversight for the morale, welfare, training, quality of life and the good order and discipline of more than 275,000 U.S. military personnel and their families serving in 51 countries within Europe and Eurasia.
"I am extremely proud of the accomplishments our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, civilians and their families have achieved over the last three years," Farley said. "You have professionally completed every mission and every task, inside and outside of the EUCOM area of operation, often setting a precedent for those who will follow."
Farley, who is retiring with 32 years of service, concluded his remarks by saying: "I am extremely grateful and forever indebted to the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and this nation for allowing me the honor and privilege of serving with and leading America's sons and daughters. There's no greater profession in the world."