FORT HOOD, Texas - The commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, along with other Army leaders, stopped at Fort Hood, Aug. 10, to get a firsthand look at the readiness as the Army is in the midst of modernization effort.
“Installations such as Fort Hood are the Army’s epicenter, not only where Soldiers live, but where they train, conduct the day-to-day business of the Army, mobilize and deploy from,” Gen. Edward M. Daly, AMC commanding general, said. “What you do here every day is incredibly important to enhancing the Army’s tactical and strategic readiness.”
Daly was joined on his tour of the installation by U.S. Army Installation Management Command Commanding General Lt. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV and Brig. Gen. Douglas Lowrey, commanding general of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command. After a brief meeting at III Corps Headquarters, their next stop was Fort Hood’s Mission Training Center, where a myriad of battlefield simulations are conducted.
“The Army is currently in the midst of its biggest transition in more than 40 years as we rapidly develop, acquire and field new equipment and leap-ahead technologies, along with the skillsets, people and force structure necessary to fight and win on the future battlefield,” Daly said. “AMC has a critical role to meet current, surge and future Army requirements to supply, maintain and sustain new and existing systems and equipment for a multi-domain capable force of 2030 and beyond.”
Daly said his next stop, the command post of the 1st Cavalry Division, allowed him to reach out to warfighters for their valuable input.
“Under the new Multi-Domain Operations concept, the role of the division is becoming increasingly important for the Army as we prepare to fight and win on the future contested battlefield,” the general said. “As the Army’s senior sustainer, it is important for me to engage with division commanders to ensure they have the right equipment, facilities, people, skillsets and force structure to supply, sustain and maintain their formations from the installation forward to the tactical edge.”
Following a working lunch meeting with the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, Daly headed to the motor pool of the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cav. Div., where he spoke with Soldiers about their mission and gave out coins to selected troopers.
“I think it’s important for leadership to come and see what’s happening on the ground and get the feedback from the people that are actually here working it,” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dana Rodriguez, one of those presented a coin from Daly, said. “And I think overall, it’s a great opportunity.”
“It is important for me to meet with leaders and Soldiers from the garrison to division levels to hear from them firsthand about what is happening here at Fort Hood, and what resources or support they need from AMC to build readiness, accomplish their mission and enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and families,” Daly said of his visit to the Great Place.
“The Army’s and Fort Hood’s greatest strength is its people,” Daly added. “The health, safety and welfare of our Soldiers, civilians and families are our primary responsibilities. AMC is committed to delivering the best programs and services to all who live, work or train on Fort Hood and in making this, and our other garrisons, a Soldier and family’s first choice.”
· EDITORS NOTE: Eric Franklin, Fort Hood Public Affairs, contributed to this article.