Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer, USA, Ret., has announced he will retire from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) on May 15 after serving 20 years as the Association’s director of noncommissioned officer and soldier programs.
Spencer joined the AUSA staff on Aug, 23, 1993, after retiring from the Army as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
AUSA officials announced that Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, USA, Ret., the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army, will succeed Spencer in this position on May 1.
“Command Sergeant Major Jimmie Spencer is not only a ‘soldier’s soldier,’ but he is also the epitome of the ‘best of the best’ noncommissioned officer. He has served and worked tirelessly for his fellow NCOs, soldiers and their families while on active duty for thirty-two years and during his twenty years of dedicated and professional service with our Association,” Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., AUSA president, said.
Adding, “His many contributions to our Association in furthering our goal to support the NCO Corps, our soldiers and families—and the profession of arms – during his two decades of service that have seen war, transformation and turbulence, have left an indelible mark on AUSA and America’s Army that will not soon be forgotten. He will be missed.
“We wish him and his wife, Susan, the best as they move on to a well-deserved retirement.”
Spencer said, “The only thing that enticed me to retire from the Army was the chance to join the AUSA team.”
He added, “AUSA is the voice for the Army. AUSA tells the soldier’s story and the Association ensures that Americans and our sons and daughters never lose sight of the fact that our soldiers deserve nothing less than the very best leadership, training, arms, equipment and quality of life for themselves and their families.”
Sullivan also said. “AUSA welcomes Sergeant Major of the Army Ken Preston as our new director of NCO and soldier programs.”
Adding, “As the longest serving noncommissioned officer to hold this key Army position, Sergeant Major of the Army Ken Preston will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Association during these challenging times.
“We welcome him and his wife, Karen, to the AUSA team.”