The 2021 Joint Task Force-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JTF-NCR/USAMDW) Commanders Conference took place at the General Jacob E. Smart Conference Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 21, 2021. This all-day event was hosted by the JTF-NCR/USAMDW commanding general, Maj. Gen. Allan M. Pepin, and participants included military and civilian leaders from across the National Capital Region.
“I’m extremely proud to lead this talented team of diverse leaders in JTF-NCR.” Pepin said. “Our leaders and teammates from all services are focused on preparing our service members to carry out their important tasks that are critical to the success of the JTF-NCR mission.”
The Commanders Conference sought to help strengthen partnerships for shared understanding and for enduring operations and initiatives. It also provided leaders the opportunity to collaborate and discuss JTF-NCR/USAMDW’s unique capabilities and relationships.
Following a morning team-building physical training session on Fort McNair, the participants convened at the Smart Center where leaders engaged about the command’s unique mission sets and objectives. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and former U.S. Army North commander, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, provided the group with keynote comments on leadership experiences in a complex environment.
Maj. Gen. Pepin left the command’s leaders with some final thoughts, including some challenges he wanted them to consider as they went back to their respective installations.
“The Commanders Conference enabled a collaboration opportunity for leaders and stakeholders to provide shared understanding of the increasingly complex operating environment in which we will operate, and discuss operational readiness required to address that environment.” said Pepin. “It is our collective responsibility to ensure we consistently maintain the highest level of readiness, adapt to changes in the environment, and that we continue to invest in our partnerships with our military and interagency partners to be ready for our no-fail mission.”