By Brig. Gen. Robert Whittle Jr.
U.S. Army Engineer School Commandant
How has being U.S. Army Engineer School commandant enriched your career?
It has been an honor to serve as the 97th commandant of the Engineer School.
We have an incredible team here at the schoolhouse and working with them has been a great privilege. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to share with the leadership of the Army the capabilities the engineer regiment brings to the fight, and to show them how engineer Soldiers and units are important in peacetime and in war.
I have also learned so much about how great the engineer family is across the Army.
All of the Soldiers and leaders of this regiment do a tremendous job of supporting each other, and they are proud of their profession.
What will you miss most about the post and this area?
We will miss the people that are here at Fort Leonard Wood and in the surrounding community the most. They are friendly, supportive and wonderful to be around.
What does taking care of Soldiers mean from the regimental and school commandant perspective?
Caring is the most important thing we do in the Army. If our Soldiers, civilians and their family members know that we care, they perform magnificently and enjoy serving.
What experience, personal or professional, affected you the most during your time as commandant?
My favorite experiences over the last two years were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with my wife, Kathleen, seeing my daughter, Avery, graduate from Waynesville High School, seeing my son, Austin, start at the University of Texas at Dallas, and witnessing Mr. Jim Rowan, the deputy commandant of the Engineer School, receive the Gold DeFleury award.
What advice would you give to engineer Soldiers as you depart?
My advice to engineer Soldiers is to exist to serve others. Make others successful, and you will succeed.
Anything else you would like to add?
Col. Mark Quander will become the 98th commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School July 2. He is incredibly competent, has exactly the right experience for the job, and will be a great leader here at Fort Leonard Wood.
I am proud to serve with him and look forward to seeing his many successes.