The Magazine of the NJ National Guard
Volume 32 Number 2
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CSM's Message - Farewell
By New Jersey State Command Sergeant Major Richard S Adkins, Jr.
blank CSM Richard S Adkins, Jr.
Well after 38 years of working with and serving alongside many of you, I find myself saying it's time to go. I have had the pleasure of serving in Battery A and C, 4th Battalion, 112th Field Artillery; Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 112th Field Artillery; the 117th Maintenance Company, the 119th Maintenance Battalion, Joint Force Headquarters and finally as the State Command Sergeant Major for the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Whether I have served alongside you, mentored you, supervised you, or worked for you, the experience has undoubtedly impacted my life.

Times have changed and so have I; so while I can still complete a marathon and walk up a set of stairs (smile), I would like to spend time enjoying my family, my friends and my number one hobby: drag racing.

Despite challenges presented, one of the lessons I have learned and continue to believe is that a military leader succeeds by following the regulations and upholding standards. Remember to always instill the Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage and to "do the right thing, even when nobody is looking."

In leaving you behind, I pray that your lives are filled with challenging and rewarding experiences.

(c) 2006 NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs