FORT BELVOIR, Va. – On Feb. 9, Maj. Gen. Gary Johnston, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), hosted a virtual town hall on INSCOM’s Facebook page, highlighting important topics for the command, including COVID-19 and workforce initiatives.
The Facebook Live event allowed Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors from around the world to hear updates from Johnston, Command Sgt. Maj. William Rinehart, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin Boughton, Mr. Anderson Sale, and other INSCOM leaders directly, and interact during a live question and answer session.
One of the first topics addressed was the command’s COVID-19 prevention measures and vaccine updates.
“We want to emphasize our unyielding support and protection to the command’s workforce," said Johnston. “Over the last year we have been affected differently as we attempt to maintain some type of normalcy during these times. Our goal is to provide accurate information so you can make informed decisions.”
Johnston thanked the workforce and reminded those assembled around the world to focus on the key themes he has prioritized, especially during COVID-19.
“Protect the force to protect the nation,” said Johnston. “I would ask all of us to be anticipating change and to embrace that change so we can stay safe.”
Johnston reiterated the mission and goal that he brought to INSCOM upon taking command.
“Connect and deliver the intelligence enterprise. This is the vision and priority each person should have across this awesome enterprise,” said Johnston. “We cannot do this without you.”
Johnston ended his speech by focusing on People as the number one priority.
“Mission first, people always. During these times, default to people,” said Johnston. “But there is also a caveat, remember, the mission continues, and we must be prepared to fight and win our nation’s wars.”
Johnston led a question and answer session for the majority of the event, that allowed personnel from around the globe to ask questions via text chat, and included answers from senior leaders across the staff sections. The successful event concluded with Johnston thanking the workforce.
“I’ll just reiterate that I say thank you to everyone that contributes to this great enterprise that we have,” said Johnston. “Take care of yourself and stay safe.”
INSCOM executes mission command of operational intelligence and security forces; conducts and synchronizes worldwide multi-discipline and all-source intelligence and security operations; delivers linguist support and intelligence-related advanced skills training, acquisition support, logistics, communications, and other specialized capabilities in support of Army, Joint, and Coalition Commands and the U.S. Intelligence Community.