After taking command of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence June 26, Brig. Gen. James Bonner spoke with installation senior leaders about his background and philosophy June 29.
Bonner began by informing those present of what they should expect from him as their new commanding general. He highlighted the importance of military values and family. While he acknowledged that this is the fourth time he and his spouse have been assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, he reaffirmed his commitment to continue to learn from the service members and civilians and to ensure the success of everyone on the installation. His aim is to further the mission of Fort Leonard Wood in support of the priorities from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Combined Arms Center and making Army Futures Command successful.
Bonner re-emphasized how fundamentals remain the key to the military’s success. He highlighted the importance of developing leaders – every person in a training status and those assigned here, along with modernizing the force and leading the protection warfighting function in support of the Army 2028 and beyond. The session turned into a dialogue, with questions and answers, ending with the commanding general championing the expectation that every unit, organization and person be good team players to ensure success across the installation.
Prior to making any changes to the MSCoE priorities, Bonner will continue his 90-day commander’s assessment through a series of in-briefs, senior leader engagements (both internal and external to MSCoE) and organizational visualization.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.)