By Staff Sgt. Sheila Holifield (DSC)March 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- In front of Soldiers and friends Saturday, Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, commanding general, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, promoted Brig. Gen. Michael Mann, commander, Deployment Support Command (U.S. Army Reserve), to the rank of brigadier general.
As the future of the Army moves toward a globally responsive and regionally engaged force, it is crucial to have leaders that are prepared to train and lead Soldiers to the next level.Lennon said the newly promoted commander is a leader who does just that. "[Mann] leads from the front and he leads up, always taking his Soldiers to another level," said Lennon.
General officers are personally approved and nominated for promotion by the commander in chief. Approximately 1.5 percent of all officers in the Army Reserve makes it through the ranks and become eligible to pin on a star, added Lennon.
"The promotion to become a general officer is significant because it is based on merit and performance," said Lennon. "This promotion moves Brigadier General Mann into a different layer."
Numerous hours of education and commitment to various positions and assignments have all led Mann to this point in his career.
"It feels good and I see it as a real privilege to be promoted by Major General Lennon," said Mann.
The newly promoted commander took the time to thank former DSC commander, Maj. Gen. Janet Cobb, for standing up a great organization before he took command and for always being available even after he took command of the DSC. Cobb is now assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, mobilization and training, Washington, D.C.
"Most importantly, I would like to recognize three groups of people who helped make this day happen; the DSC Soldiers whom I listen to and respect; my mentors, especially Major General Lennon; and most importantly, my family, because without family support we cannot be effective," said Mann.
Upon the completion of the promotion ceremony, the 313th U.S. Army Reserve Band played one Ruffles and Flourishes to honor Mann on his day.