Brig. Gen. Omuso George’s 30 years of service in the U.S. Army were celebrated at his retirement ceremony July 16 at the Fort Sam Houston Theater.
“The Army is about people, and from the beginning ‘Mus’ was the kind of leader who made the people around him better,” said Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram, Commanding General of U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
George retired as the Installation Management Command’s G8 director, where he managed IMCOM’s $11 billion annual budget.
“This command does more to support quality of life, readiness, and families more than any other organization in the Army,” said George.
George started his Army career when he commissioned in 1991 after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point. A handful of his classmates attended his retirement ceremony.
“The first thing I noticed is Mus is not afraid of big numbers,” said Gabram. “He doesn’t get rattled when money is ‘swept’ by our higher HQ or identified for things outside of his plan. Rather, he deftly applies leadership to his G8 team of really smart people.”
George’s career includes a variety of key staff assignments across many commands, including tours in Texas, Kansas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, the Pentagon and New York City. He also served in Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea.
“Today is bittersweet,” said George, a native of Hempstead, Long Island, New York. “I’ve reflected on so many memories over the past few weeks, and I have lived two lifetimes in the course of my career.”
He served as director of operations and support in the Army Budget Office, overseeing $106 billion of the Army’s largest appropriations; executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for financial management; III Corps G8 director, and the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Commander, NYC.
George had many family members, friends and coworkers in attendance, both in person and virtually, to help celebrate his impressive career.
He received a handful of awards during the ceremony, including IMCOM’s Stalwart award and the retirement of his flag.
George and his wife, Monica, who has served as a DOD employee for over 24 years, are moving to Maryland to enjoy his retirement and begin this next phase of life.
“Hundreds of thousands of Soldiers and civilians have enriched Monica’s and my life, and my heart is full,” said George. “I will continue to try to pay it forward. I will always be a Soldier for life.”