- SEMBACH, Germany
On Sept. 1, he Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) welcomed Army Sgt. Maj. Lemakius Gardner as the senior enlisted advisor for Europe/Southwest Asia/Africa Region.
As the region’s senior enlisted advisor, Gardner is the hub for communication between Exchange leadership, associates, service members and their families.
“I’m very excited to be a part of something so extraordinary,” Gardner said. “I’m looking forward to working with such an incredible organization and being that voice for our service
members and their families.”
PASSION FOR SERVING
Gardner has served in the Army for 20 years, and credits her family’s military experiences for her own passion for serving.
“Seeing how the military positively influenced my aunts and uncles’ lives — it made me want to experience the same thing,” she said. “Joining the Army has been the best decision I
have ever made.”
Her military career includes two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OND).
“The Exchange was there for me when I was deployed,” Gardner said. “As a soldier, they helped to make my living quarters a home away from home by having a lot of the same
goods and services that you would have in the states.
“Now that I’m serving in this position, I get to see how the Exchange makes that support happen.”
While she serves as the Europe/Southwest Asia/Africa Region senior enlisted advisor, Gardner plans to complete her second master’s degree in human resource management, a degree that will compliment her first master’s degree — which is in psychology, and enjoy the travel opportunities being in Germany offers.
“This is a unique assignment,” Gardner said. “I will enjoy everything it has to offer and look forward to the experiences it will add to my military career.”
Edited by Larry Lapka