Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Valleortiz and Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Mullins, 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), share a moment at a Change of Responsibility on Fort Campbell, Ky. Oct. 4, 2019. The Change of Responsibility is a ceremony in which previous commands relinquish authority and responsibility to a new command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Richardson)

A new special forces leader is determined to always be there for the troops.

Command Sergeant Major Hector J. Valleortiz took on the mantle of leadership of 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Oct. 4, as Command Sgt. Maj. Sean D. Mullins passed him the colors in a change of responsibility at Gabriel Field on post.

“My focus as command sergeant major for 4th Battalion is to be there for the troops and support them to the fullest,” Valleortiz said.

Valleortiz began his Army career 25 years ago as a mechanized infantryman. 

In 1999, Valleortiz graduated from the special forces assessment and selection and the special forces qualification course. He then donned his green beret here at Fort Campbell with 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A). 

Valleortiz then served with 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida., in 2002. 

His previous position was the senior enlisted adviser for Special Operations Command Forward Yemen and the Central Command Joint Response Force.

Mullins is moving on to the 1st Special Forces Training Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Since July 2015, Mullins worked as the senior enlisted leader for Alpha Company, 4th Bn., 5th SFG(A), until he assumed the command sergeant major role for the battalion in October 2017. 

“This job has spoiled me,” Mullins said in his parting words during the ceremony. “We have a solid team, and I thank you for making the assignment the most rewarding of my career.” 

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