Army's First-Ever in South Florida
March 11, 2010
- U.S. Army Garrison-Miami swapped leaders March 8th
- This is the Army's first-ever Change of Garrison Manager ceremony, where a civilian leader was replaced by another.
- Martin retiring after 38 years of service; Snodgrass arrives in Miami from Ft. Hood, Texas.
- U.S. Army Garrison-Miami is unique among garrisons in structure and mission
DORAL, Fla. -- U.S. Army Garrison-Miami swapped leaders March 8, saying goodbye to Denis Martin and welcoming Audy Snodgrass in a ceremony that wasn't a Change of Command, Change of Responsibility, Shift Change, Change of the Guard, or change of plans.
Installation Management Command (and the Army's) first-ever Change of Garrison Manager ceremony was an opportunity to show the importance of the Garrison as a support organization for U.S. Southern Command and the unique challenges it faces.
Following a dignified flag-passing ceremony in SOUTHCOM's packed main conference room, Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., the IMCOM-Southeast region director, praised both men as innovative and competent leaders.
Tindoll noted that Martin made great progress in expanding State assistance for military families, and praised his leadership in crafting the Garrison's response to the crisis in Haiti following the Jan. 12th earthquake there.
Martin, who will be retiring, called his former employees "a group of truly professional civilians, and a family." He also expressed his sincere thanks for their efforts on behalf of all the servicemembers and families assigned to SOUTHCOM and Special Operations Command, South.
Snodgrass, who has 30 years of uniformed service under his belt, arrives in Miami from Fort Hood. "I know the rules," he said with a smile. "The new guy's speech should be one thing - short."
Snodgrass kept his word while expressing his philosophy that "trust is what IMCOM is all about." In his brief remarks to Garrison employees and SOUTHCOM guests alike, he defined his primary mission as "ensuring that our customers get the very best we can provide," and promising that the Garrison team will always do the right thing to support the mission.
U.S. Army Garrison-Miami is unique among garrisons in its support of both U.S. Southern Command and Special Operations Command, South, while having no permanent facilities or equipment.
The Garrison and its professional, wholly-civilian staff is dedicated to providing service members and their families a high quality of life and ensuring good stewardship in our host community. We are committed to caring for all military services assigned or attached to our tenant units, to retirees, and civilian employees who live and work in our military community.