By Brig. Gen. James BonnerJune 29, 2017
How has being U.S. Army CBRN School commandant enriched your career?
Being the commandant of the U.S. Army CBRN School has enriched my career by giving me a more direct role in the development of tomorrow's leaders than I have ever had.
Being able to visit troops around the world alongside my Chemical Corps leadership (Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins and Chief Warrant Officer Jesse Deberry) has given me a great perspective on how we can improve our Chemical Corps to be more effective in an evolving battlefield.
What will you miss most about the post and area?
Fort Leonard Wood is one of the most phenomenal communities in which my Family has ever lived.
We have a beautiful installation that, through the hard work and dedication over the years, has become one of the premier posts in the U.S. armed forces.
The close-knit community makes it such a great place to live and raise your Family.
What does taking care of Soldiers mean from the regimental and school commandant perspective?
From a commandant's perspective, taking care of Soldiers means ensuring that I am doing my part to ensure that every Soldier leaves the schoolhouse ready to join his or her unit with ease.
The cadre and instructors that serve in the schoolhouse work hard every single day to ensure that our young Soldiers are being taught the material and skills that are necessary to be a successful asset to commanders throughout the Army.
What experience, personal or professional, affected you the most during your commandancy?
Over the last year, I have been positively affected by the camaraderie and teamwork that is displayed on a daily basis throughout the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and throughout Fort Leonard Wood.
The three schools (engineer, military police, and chemical) along with our joint services, embody the 'Team of Teams' mentality that our commanding general, Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, holds dearly.
What advice would you impart to chemical Soldiers as you depart?
I have always done my best to get across the point to junior Soldiers that this is their corps.
Myself and the other leaders who are stationed on this installation, as well as the formations throughout the world, are here to assist, train and develop.
You are the Army's future leaders. You are the reason we put this uniform on every day.
We are the greatest Army in the world, because you raised your right hand to protect and serve this nation.
Anything else you would like to add?
My Family would like to thank everyone at Fort Leonard Wood (Soldiers, Family members, DOD civilians) for the hospitality and kindness that we have received, not only during my time in this position, but throughout my previous two assignments here.
Thank you for your service and for what you do on a daily basis to make this military what it is.