New U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major visits Soldiers in Kosovo

Feb 24, 2012

ByU.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The new U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major hit the ground running this week. Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr flew in from El. Paso, Texas on Monday and Wednesday morning flew down to Kosovo to get to know some of his deployed troops.

“When I heard that (Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, the USAREUR operations officer) was heading down to Kosovo to check on things, I decided it would be a great chance to meet some of my Soldiers,” said Davenport. “I was deployed there in 1999, and I was interested in seeing how the Soldiers were living today.”

Though the trip was only for two days, Davenport’s focus was twofold: to learn how operations stood in Kosovo and meet some of his Soldiers and learn how they were handling their deployment. Many of the Soldiers were surprised and gratified by his interest in their welfare.

“It was good to sit down and talk with Command Sgt. Maj. Davenport. He gave me a new perspective, a new look on the information we have about our mission,” said Spc. Joshua Ludecke, a Liason Movement Team Soldier. The LMT are the ones who move out about with the local populace. They see both the growth and the trials of the Kosovo people. “He reminded us we are ambassadors and we need to remember that when we act.”

At each stop on his quick tour of the area of operations, Davenport was always looking to engage and talk with the Soldiers. With a plan developing for a longer return trip to Kosovo, Davenport is already looking at his next stop to check on his Soldiers.

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