2:03 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin assumed the role of Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground senior enlisted leader during an assumption of responsibility ceremony at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center July 17.
APG Garrison Commander Gregory McClinton presided over the ceremony, passing the noncommissioned officers sword to Ervin, symbolizing the assumption of responsibility.
McClinton welcomed Ervin and remarked that he is an experienced leader. Ervin previously served as the garrison command sergeant major at Fort Stewart, Ga.—home of the 3rd Infantry Division and the largest Army installation east of the Mississippi River.
McClinton asked the audience to welcome Ervin, noting that except for sergeant major of the Army, there is no higher rank for enlisted soldiers and "there is no greater honor."
"And I ask you, command sergeant major, to continue to prove yourself the tried and true leader that you are, for this garrison, for this installation and for this community," McClinton said.
Ervin said he was excited to assume this role and thanked McClinton for his words of encouragement. "I assure you, sir, that I am here to stand side-by-side in support of our garrison and Aberdeen Proving Ground as we continue to strengthen our role as one of the world's most significant research, development and testing centers," Ervin said.
Ervin called APG a unique installation, noting that it provides base operation services to more than 90 tenant organizations and is one of the largest landlords in the Army.
"I look forward to the challenge of strengthening existing relationships and fostering new ones as we thrust ahead and stay focused on the one common goal: our soldier," Ervin said.
Ervin replaced APG's interim garrison command sergeant major, Master Sgt. John Cavaliere, who will return to U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command as the installation's senior career counselor.
A native of Florence, S.C., Ervin entered the Army in February 1983. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an Infantryman.
Ervin's military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course, Battle Staff Course, the First Sergeants Course, the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy and a host of other military schools.
Ervin's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (second Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (first Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (seventh Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (fourth Oak Leaf Cluster), the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Multi-National Forces and Observers Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Combat Action Badge and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.
Ervin holds a bachelor of science in physical education from Claflin College of Orangeburg, S.C. He also holds a master's of arts in management and leadership from Webster University.