WIESBADEN, Germany – Honorable Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment (ASA IE&E) visited garrisons across Installation Management Command Europe April 24-28.
Touring facilities and conducting engagements and visits with leaders and Soldiers at four Army garrisons, Jacobson saw the full spectrum of infrastructure and services that garrisons offer. These key components of her portfolio include unaccompanied housing and family housing areas, energy and environmental programs, and installation planning efforts.
“If there is anything I’m going to take back, it is recognition that we have to make investments in Europe to strengthen alliances across Europe and Africa,” she said.
The visit began at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, followed by stops at USAGs Poland, Italy and Bavaria. Together with leaders from the units in their footprints, each of the garrison commanders and staff had the opportunity to show Jacobson facilities, introduce her to staff, and facilitate discussions about garrison lines of effort.
"In line with the Chief of Staff's priority of people first, we, as leaders across the Army, must be committed to improving quality of life in order to sustain the all-volunteer force," said Col. David Mayfield, USAG Wiesbaden commander.
"Like some other garrisons, we at USAG Wiesbaden are challenged by aging infrastructure. However, we are tackling this issue to the best of our ability, and I enjoyed the opportunity to show Honorable Jacobson the strides we've made to our garrison housing through our barracks improvement program and our compartmentalized housing units for rotational troops," Mayfield said.