Staff & Faculty Directorate

CSM Chris Simmons
1SG Rachel Y. Harris
1st Sergeant






The staff and faculty directorate is a highly trained and educated team of professionals, ready to train, facilitate and graduate Soldiers, Civilians and Joint Partners from the USASMA courses, enabling them to win in a complex world.

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Simmons takes command of Staff & Faculty, Williams retires

The Staff and Faculty Directorate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, held a change of command ceremony July 19, where Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Williams handed over the duties and responsibilities of director, Staff and Faculty Directorate, to Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Simmons, before retiring from the Army.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Huggins, deputy commandant, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, officiated the change of responsibility and spoke a few words about both of the sergeants major during the event.

“Sergeant Major Williams, with the support of his wife Candace, have done an outstanding job as the director of the Staff and Faculty Directorate,” Huggins said noting what that title means. “One role is as the commander – a combined role of a commissioned officer, command sergeant major, a teacher, mentor and then sometimes and mom and dad.”

Huggins continued by noting Williams’ duties saying it was like a battalion command without all of the staff. … Read more



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