By Andrea Sutherland
As Command Sgt. Maj. Steven O. Green transitioned into the role of garrison senior enlisted leader, he also had to adapt to Colorado’s elevation.
“I’ve never been stationed in Colorado before. I’d never been to Colorado before,” he said. “The elevation, you have to transition to it. You have to make sure you’re hydrated.”
For the past few weeks, Green observed former Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James A. Kilpatrick before assuming duties Tuesday after a change of responsibility ceremony held at Manhart Field.
“I’m very excited to serve in this community and to be a part of this community,” he said.
A native of South Carolina, Green said his assignment at Fort Carson was the farthest west he’s been stationed.
“Fort Carson has always been one of the top, sought after assignments,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to hunting, fishing and learning how to ski.
“I’ve been told that’s something I need to learn how to do,” he said. “I just hope I don’t break a limb.”
Green said his wife, Carolyn Green, and two sets of twin daughters, Imani and Imara, Hayden and Hannah, are anxious to settle into the community and begin school.
“They’re looking forward to being here,” he said.
Since joining the Army in 1987, Green has held numerous leadership positions within the noncommissioned officer corps. He served as team leader with 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment; platoon sergeant for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Reg.; senior drill sergeant for 1st Bn., 222nd Aviation Reg.; and as a first sergeant in 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Reg., among many others.
He completed four combat tours in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Provide Hope in Somalia, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Green has earned numerous awards, including Bronze Star medals, the Army Achievement Medal and several overseas operations medals.
Green completed the Warrior Leader Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course and attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He also completed the Command Sergeants Major Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School and Drill Sergeant School.
Green has held many command sergeant major positions, including his most recent assignment as command sergeant major for 3rd Bn., 159th Aviation Reg., at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Despite his many leadership roles, Green said this position will test him in new ways.
“A lot of this job is outside the ordinary realm of leading Soldiers,” he said. “In here, you’re not only leading Soldiers, you’re leading civilians and the community. It’s a whole different aspect that will be a challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to it.”