As the Army continues its transition from a deploying force to a trained-and-ready garrison element, significant changes to daily operations are expected. In order for leaders to better utilize the shifting environment, plans are in place to keep them abreast of what is working and what is not.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno spent July 14 checking the pulse of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. Outside of the scheduled visit with 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. John M. Murray and other senior leaders, Odierno stopped several times during his visit to speak with Marne Soldiers.
A visit to the Marne Recovery Redistribution and Retrograde warehouse showcased how the division is adjusting to operating under a reduced budget without sacrificing training or readiness.
Third Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Anthony Coston and MR3-T noncommissioned officer in charge Master Sgt. Jeffrey Ricketts explained the details of how the warehouse works to save the division money by taking in excess supplies and redistributing them to other units with shortages.
“I think the CSA was pleased with what we are doing here,” Ricketts said, adding that it’s significant that the information presented here is being looked at by higher-ups.
Odierno individually recognized six soldiers from the section for their roles in saving the division and the Army money.
He also showed special interest in the newly opened Marne Advocacy Resource Center, one of 11 in a pilot program Army-wide.
During a tour of the consolidated service facility, MARC Program Manager Lt. Col. Bill Anderson shared that since its opening June 17, the center has assisted 70 individuals.
“By having all of these services in one location we are better able to support victims when they come in,” Anderson said.
Before departing Fort Stewart, Odierno walked among the 468 Eastern Redbud trees on Warriors Walk. Each tree is a living memorial for a Marne soldier lost in combat during Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.