On Monday, Fort Bragg said goodbye to a familiar face.
Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg command sergeant major, handed over the responsibility for the corps enlisted Soldiers to Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Jones.
Jones comes to his new assignment with an impressive resume.
He enlisted in the Army in 1987 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he trained as an infantryman. He has since served in every infantry position from rifleman to command sergeant major.
“I am truly honored to serve this corps,” said Jones. “You will not regret your decision to choose me as your next command sergeant major.”
Jones said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on Fort Bragg for the first time in his Army career. His past assignments include stints with 101st Airborne Division, the 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry, Germany, the Ranger Training Brigade and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. He also served with the 10th Mountain Division and the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Jones most recently served as the division command sergeant major with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
He said his leadership vision for Fort Bragg is to keep the corps reliable, credible and disciplined.
“We must measure ourselves by a higher standard,” he said.
That standard is one that has been upheld by Vimoto since July 2012, when he took responsibility of the corps.
Vimoto leaves behind a rich legacy at Fort Bragg, including the DeGlopper Air Assault School, which he was key in establishing. He also deployed with the corps in 2014 as part of as the International Joint Command headquarters that facilitated the historical end of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan.
During his time in the service, Vimoto has also faced many challenges, including the loss of his eldest son while they were both deployed to Afghanistan in 2007.
Despite his loss, Vimoto and his wife, Missy, continued to forge an unforgettable legacy on Fort Bragg by remaining a steady presence and source of leadership and volunteer work.
Vimoto said the one thing he would miss most about Fort Bragg is the people.
“I will miss the camaraderie,” he said. “I have been truly thankful for this opportunity. To our Soldiers and leaders – thank you. I have learned so much from all of you … (I am confident) you will continue to carry the torch into tomorrow.”