FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood garrison leaders hosted a quarterly town hall for garrison employees Wednesday at the Main Post Chapel.
This was the first employee town hall led by Col. Anthony Pollio, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, who took over garrison command here on June 28.
Pollio kicked off the town hall by introducing himself to the attendees and outlining his command philosophy.
“I truly care about the mission of the garrison, taking care of people and making sure that this is a quality place to live and remains the installation of choice for our service members and their families,” he said. “I want to say thank you so much for everything you do day in and day out.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Castleberry, who became Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison command sergeant major on Aug. 11, also took time to introduce himself.
“Please know that I am approachable,” he said. “If you ever have something you want to talk about, please tell me.”
The two leaders then recognized some of the garrison’s exceptional employees.
The following individuals received two-star notes from Maj. Gen. James Bonner, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, for various acts of excellence:
Rodney Dortch and Meredith Sandidge, from the Directorate of Human Resources; Jeremiah Harcourt, from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Greg Posten, from the Directorate of Public Works.
After recognizing the two-star note recipients, Pollio presented garrison commander coins to Nicole Evans and Aimee Rodriguez from DFMWR, who recently saved the lives of two children in their care at the Child Development Centers.
“Their fast reflexes and training allowed them to identify the situation and administer aide, saving the lives of those children,” Pollio said.
As the garrison’s new leaders, Pollio and Castleberry signed two U.S. Army Installation Management Command pledges. The Leadership Pledge outlines how garrison leaders here will help set up employees for success, as “taking care of those we serve begins with taking care of our most valuable asset, our IMCOM professionals,” the pledge reads. The Pledge to Those We Serve explains that, “as a service provider organization, we are committed to providing programs and services delivered with a sense of individual pride, professionalism and in keeping with the spirit of Army Values and IMCOM principles.”
“Please read these and take these to heart, because if we follow these simple rules, everything else will fall into place,” Pollio said to the employees in attendance.
Pollio said the next garrison employee town hall is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9.