Garrison Leadership--Creating a New Paradigm

  • Colonel Peter E. Dargle

Installations play a vital role in power projection capability and contribute to overarching unit, Soldier, and Family readiness during the force generation process. Given current realities result in reductions to force structure, the Army can still provide military professionals with the training, education, and experiences to enhance installation leadership. In a resource-constrained, complex operating environment, Garrisons require strategic leaders to maintain the foundation of Army readiness, navigate the challenges of community partnership, and ensure preparedness to serve as joint power-projection platforms. Garrisons can better accomplish the myriad of complex strategic tasks by creating a military career path specifically aligned to Installation Management. Deftly applying resources to develop a core of military leaders, knowledgeable in the complexities of installation management programs and policies, allows the Army to lead, sustain, and guide installations through assured challenges in a volatile future.