FORT HOOD, Texas (March 4, 2021) -- The 901st Contracting Battalion command team addressed topics critical to the Army Feb. 23 for the 36th Engineer Brigade’s Women Mentorship Program session at Fort Hood, Texas.
Lt. Col. Kizzy Danser and Sgt. Maj. Meshone Rover had the opportunity to speak to personnel ranging from privates to master sergeants and civilians assigned to Fort Hood as well as Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, via MSTeams and in person.
Both Danser and Rover stated they felt the need to get involved after reading the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee Report published in December 2020, which unveiled results of a three-month examination of the command climate and culture at Fort Hood and the surrounding military community. The 901st CBN command team addressed questions pertaining to professional development, self-care, balancing family, diversity, and overcoming sexually assault and harassment.
Danser said she was amazed with the level of participation and encouraged the unit coordinator to open the forum to male Soldiers, as it is important that males understand challenges female Soldiers endure.
“As a female it can be quite difficult balancing family life and the needs of the Army,” Danser said. “I am glad I was able to provide some of my career lessons learned in hopes it will encourage those thinking about getting out, remain in the Army and truly know senior leaders do care.”
Rover also shared that it was an honor to be part of the mentorship program.
“It’s my responsibility as a leader to brand the ‘Not in my squad campaign’ and ensure leaders are empowered to resolve complex strategic problems,” Rover said. “Empowerment starts with trust across the organization, and programs like this provide the platform for Soldiers to conduct self-reflection to grow to become adaptive and agile leaders.”
Col. Joseph Goetz, the 36th Engineer Brigade commander, commended Danser and Rover for their engaged leadership and taking the time to mentor some of the Soldiers in his brigade.
Danser and Rover intend to stay engaged with 36th Engineer Brigade Soldiers and are looking forward to sharing their career story with others to improve the culture not only on Fort Hood but also throughout the Army.
About the MICC:
Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.