White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady goes over the agenda at the start of his first Town Hall Sept. 26 at the Post Theater.
WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady emphasized his top priorities during his first town hall, Sept. 26. Brady, who assumed command Aug. 10, said readiness is his top priority for the installation and during his short time here he has already seen the amount of pride at WSMR.
"There's a lot of commitment and loyalty to the organization (here)," he said. "In some areas we're losing the technological advantage and we've got to get it back. We have to start moving quicker."
There are also 6 modernization priorities for the U.S. Army that Brady would like the installation to align with; Long Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, Network, Air and Missile Defense and Soldier Lethality. The general's top four priorities are to educate and inform, build relationships internally and externally, invest in the infrastructure and sustain a vital workforce. He said he would also re-evaluate the current Army Campaign Plan and ensure it encompasses what the installation's focus on the Army's modernization priorities.
"This is just not an Army campaign plan. I want to make sure we have a comprehensive vision as we move forward," he said.
During the town hall Brady also introduced WSMR Leaders; Garrison Commander Col. Christopher Ward, Test Center Commander Col. David Cheney, Detachment 1, 586th Flight Test Squadron Commander Maj. Paul Dolce and Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division Commander Tony Holmes. Ward, Cheney and Dolce have all assumed command within the last three months. Cheney said he's been extremely impressed with what the workforce does at WSMR. He said his goal as test center commander is to always have the advantage over adversaries.
"We're here to help protect our Soldiers and make sure we're never in a fair fight," Cheney said. "It's a team effort. I hope none of us forget why we're here and why what we do here matters. I just can't thank you enough for what you do every day."
Ward also took the opportunity to introduce his vision and his mission to the workforce.
"Relationships and being a team member is very important to me," Ward said. "I want you to feel that you're value added to the team."
He also talked about losing some Installation Management Command funding due to Army's new Future Command initiative, however, due to the installation's unique location there's an understanding of necessities that are vital for the residents and workforce within the community.
"Our boss completely understands that…she's going to figure out what makes sense for us," Ward said of IMCOM Director Brenda McCullough.
Holmes spoke of the unique NAVY missions the installation supports and the NAVY's goals this upcoming fiscal year.
"We don't do it all by ourselves. It's everyone in this room who helps out…we do it in concert with everyone in this room," he said.
The town hall closed with a message from WSMR Fitness Program Specialist who spoke about the installation's Wellness Program that allows employees to work out for three hours out of the week.
"You all put in so much time and give so much commitment to our environment but we're not really investing in us," she said. "Appreciate yourself. We're here to help you do