Johnnie Sharp, the FBI’s senior official at Redstone Arsenal, describes the bureau’s growing presence on post.
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Redstone Arsenal’s senior commander thanked a group of community leaders for their decades of support to the Arsenal and made an ask – to continue using their influence to help the installation and Tennessee Valley continue to prosper.

During a luncheon Friday at The Summit, Lt. Gen. Chris Mohan hosted the Redstone Community Relations Committee, giving the group a “peek behind the Redstone curtain.”

“We will continue to work with you and do our part in posturing for continued growth,” he said. “These conversations are important. They provide us an opportunity to update you with what is going on behind the gates and we are open to discussion to understand what you are hearing and seeing.”

The Redstone Community Relations Committee was established after World War II to ensure favorable conditions for the future growth of Redstone Arsenal. In its early years, the committee worked on key issues such as race relations across Huntsville. In more recent years, the committee has supported Base Realignment and Closure moves that have grown the Arsenal into a diverse federal center of excellence.

“In many ways this committee has provided continuity and stability,” Mike Segrest, RCRC co-chair, said about how the committee has supported senior commanders for decades.

The committee’s other co-chair, Mike Ward, echoed those comments by noting the committee exists not to solve problems but to leverage the strength of individual members in their areas of expertise.

“We are created and exist to do the work behind the scenes,” Ward said. “It’s all about individual areas of influences and ability that makes RCRC what it is.”

To update members on what is new and where growth is taking place on Redstone, there were four briefings provided by FBI, the Contested Logistics Cross Functional Team, the Space Development Agency and the 2nd Recruiting Brigade.

Lt. Col. Jeff Mennicke, deputy commander of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade, provided an update on the brigade’s efforts across the southeastern United States. He spoke on how community members can help the Army, including signing up for the Community Partner Outreach Program, goarmy.com/a/cp.html.

“This is a great opportunity to identify yourself as someone that wants to help the Army,” Mennicke said.