First Sgt. Natasha Turrell, left, accepts the NCO's sword from ISR Company Commander, Capt. LaShawnna Ray during a change of responsibility ceremony June 12. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
2 JULY 2014
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) held a traditional First Sergeant Change of Responsibility ceremony June 12 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. With the passing of the noncommissioned officer’s sword from the ISR Company Commander, Capt. LaShawnna Ray to 1st Sgt. Natasha A. Turrell, 1st Sgt. Bradley Proud relinquished responsibilities as the ISR First Sergeant.
Turrell had strong praise for Proud who served as the Institute first sergeant since August 2012 and headed to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McCord near Tacoma, Wash.
“He’s leaving me with a great group of Soldiers,” said Turrell. “His leadership was a valuable asset to the Soldiers and this Institute. My intention is to build upon that foundation and take us to the next level.”
Turrell has been assigned to the ISR since September 2013 where she served as the Damage Control Resuscitation and Blood Group noncommissioned officer in charge and said that she is ready for her new position.
“I feel honored and humble by the opportunity to serve as the first sergeant,” she said.
With only a few short weeks at the helm, Turrell said that she is getting into a battle rhythm and looking to see how to best serve the ISR.
“I would like to see the ISR involved with more volunteer opportunities in the San Antonio and surrounding communities. I would also like to help build a greater culture of trust among the command, Soldiers and civilians.”
The 20-year Army veteran believes that she is in a position where she can share her knowledge and experience with her Soldiers and help them excel on a personal and professional level. She also wants them to know that everyone at the ISR is on one team and should always treat each other with the upmost dignity and respect.
“I expect for Soldiers to be honest and give 100 percent in all that they do,” said Turrell. “In return, they can expect me to be fair, honest and accessible to helping them excel. I will give them 100 percent as their first sergeant.”
Turrell will be focused on the success of her Soldiers and the Institute by looking at new ways of doing day-to-day business.
“My goal is to streamline some of our daily processes and making things easier for the Soldiers to access information,” she said. “I would also like to help the command open up to new innovative ideas to make the Institute better.”
Turrell believes that she will have a positive tour because she has the support of the command and her family.
“My family has always been my source of encouragement and a great sounding board in my professional and personal life,” she said. “I value the wisdom and knowledge that my family has gifted me with over the last 20 years.”