Devine assumes role at USAISR
Sgt. Maj. James L. Devine assumed duties as the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research senior enlisted advisor at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Aug. 3.
Prior to coming to the USAISR, Devine served as the U.S. Army Medical Command Headquarters' executive officer/liaison sergeant major
"I am definitely impressed with what we do for combat casualty care," said Devine. "It's a privilege and an honor to be part of this organization."
He describes himself as a noncommissioned officer who leads by example, loves the Army, "and a good game of golf."
Devine brings 28 years of experience to the USAISR as a combat medic. He began his Army career in 1987 and has served in numerous leadership positions from squad leader to first sergeant. Devine believes that Soldiers are important and valued members of all Army units and that leaders are responsible for the execution of the unit's mission and taking care of Soldiers.
"Outstanding leadership will yield an environment that motivates, trains and develops subordinates by creating an effective and positive unit that will provide the best service to the Army," said Devine.
The one thing that Devine likes best about his job and being in the Army is leading and developing Soldiers.
"Leadership development is very important to our Army and to me," he said. "Noncommissioned officers are the backbone of the Army, and they should possess the tools to make good decisions to demonstrate their abilities."
According to Devine, he joined the Army to serve his county and to see the world. He has deployed to El Salvador during Operation Fuente Apoyo, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
When asked what the USAISR staff and Soldiers can expect from him he stated that they can anticipate him to be a motivated, fair and impartial leader who is here for them and the organization. On the other hand, he expects the staff and Soldiers to be proud members of the organization who give 110 percent every day in everything that they do â€" especially when it comes to NCOs taking care of Soldiers and their families.
"Never forget the importance of family, as they are the backbone of the Soldiers," Devine said. "NCOs should always be aware of Soldier's quality of life, safety, family support, proper training, equipment and timely recognition for a job well done. Soldiers fight better when caring and effective leaders lead them."