The Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD) completed it’s change of responsibility ceremony a few minutes ago here. Command Sgt. Maj. Connie Commenia-Hill will assume the role as the top enlisted Soldier in the organization.
The Soldiers assigned to ARCD have the responsibility of maintaining the manpower strength of the Army Reserve and assisting its more than 205,000 Soldiers and their units in meeting the assignment needs of our national defense. As the Command Sergeant Major for the organization, Commenia-Hill oversees all enlisted aspects of the organization. She said her civilian and military experiences have given her insight that will help her in this new role.
Commenia-Hill grew up on a sugar cane plantation in Chamberlain, Louisiana, until she was 13. She is the oldest girl of 11 children – nine girls and two boys – and grew up poor. After she graduated high school in 1972, her father wanted her to go on to college, but the family couldn’t afford it. However, the life values her parents taught her, and the lifestyle she lived while on the plantation, drew her to enlist in the Army Reserve in 1974, where she graduated at the top of her Women’s Army Corps (WAC) basic training class.
While in the Army Reserve, she eventually went to college and became the first in her family to earn a degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., and a master’s degree in Public Administration in 1994 from Troy State University, Atlanta, Ga. During this second graduation ceremony, she took the cap and tassel off her head and placed it on father, to thank him for all he had done for her and her family throughout her life.
Since enlisting, Commenia-Hill served proudly in several assignments, including multiple deployments — the latest to Kuwait with Army Reserve’s 828th Transportation Battalion of Livingston, Ala., in 2005 and 2006. She was glad to be able to take care of Soldier’s needs while overseas. It was the greatest assignment she ever had, she said.
She is looking forward to her new position because she will be working with some of the best Soldiers in the Army Reserve, she said. She wishes to set a good example, not just to Soldiers, but her children and her eight grandchildren.
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