Greata holds first town hall
July 10, 2013
NATICK, Mass. (July 10, 2013) -- Lt. Col. Brian Greata held his first town hall July 9 as commander of U.S. Army Garrison Natick.
After presenting awards to a number of civilian employees and Soldiers, Greata outlined his background, philosophy and priorities as commander. He then talked about furloughs, sequestration and upcoming events before taking questions.
"We should be operating as a team," Greata told those in attendance. "We look out for each other because we are a team. That's my expectation."
The West Point graduate, whose last assignment was with U.S. Northern Command, said that he wanted Natick to be a "learning organization" that applies lessons of the past to future endeavors.
"You make your own luck," Greata said. "I want to be an organization that plans, so that when opportunities pop up, we can take advantage of them to our benefit."
Greata reminded employees that the garrison has stakeholders within and outside the fence line.
"We are interconnected with the other tenant units on this post, as well as all those organizations off post," Greata said.
He described himself as detail oriented and a hard worker.
"I will ask probing questions," Greata said. "I want to get to the bottom of things. I expect first-class service."
One area of focus, said Greata, is maintenance -- and not just of equipment and infrastructure.
"There's also maintenance of people," Greata said. "Take care of yourself."
Greata acknowledged that the future would bring changes to the garrison.
"We will roll with them as an organization," he said.
Greata urged garrison employees to come to him with their concerns.
"I am very approachable," Greata said. "You can ask me anything at any time."
Length of Service Certificates: five years, Lauren Anzivino, Jaylynn Richard; 10 years, Sherita Baker; 20 years, Scott Woodward; 25 years, William Novak Jr.
Commander's Coin: Steve Chromiak, James Santoro
Certificate of Appreciation: Steve Smith, STRATCOMM; Robert Milburn, TACOM G-3; Charles Slizoski, TACOM-G3; Doug Sill, NSRDEC
Certificate of Appreciation: Staff Sgt. Sharalis Canales, Sgt. Christopher Helms, Spc. Reginald Farrior, Spc. Amanuel Gebru, Pfc. Steven Bauman, Pfc. Amber Foskey, Pvt. 2 Adeline Hamilton and Pvt. Hannah Fluharty, Headquarters Research and Development Detachment; Staff Sgt. Carl Larcom, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.
Certificate of Achievement: Joseph Kurzontkowski, Lauren Anzivino
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service: Devin Fitzmaurice