On Wednesday, Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes was welcomed as the new high-ranking Non-commissioned Officer at Fort Sam.
"I joined the army from here," said Rhodes. "I graduated from McArthur High School in 1971 and this is still listed as my home of record."
Rhodes' most recent assignment was in Africa, where he served citizens in 54 countries.
"In particular I'll mention a buddy of mine that's from Malawi," said Rhodes, "and it was so inspirational to see him stand up when their leader passed away. This general officer stood up and said, 'No, this is what the constitution says, this is what we'll do.'"
Rhodes, who said he remembers the construction of 281, said he’s having a pretty easy time getting around town. He’s looking forward to Fiesta and, he said, especially the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.