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Garrett publishes 30-day assessment of USARAK
U.S. Army Alaska Commanding General Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett leads USARAK Soldiers off post for a portion of the 4-mile Army Birthday Run June 22 that paralleled the Glenn Highway. (U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew E. Winstead)
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Garrett publishes 30-day assessment of USARAK

Posted 6/28/2012   Updated 6/28/2012 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Army Maj. Gen. Michael Garrett
USARAK commanding general

6/28/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Editor's note: This editorial is excerpted from a U.S. Army Alaska memorandum entitled Commanding General's 30-Day Assessment.

I intend to continue to get out and see more units, meet more key leaders, and learn more about USARAK for the next 60 days prior to developing a commander's vision for the next two years. Overall, in the last 30 days, I am confident USARAK is meeting its mission requirements and maintaining a great reputation among our partners in Alaska, USARPAC, and the Department of the Army.

Our USARAK staff, installation, and support processes are on track and we are able to deliver ready units to combatant commanders and take care of our families via lean but effective staffs and a civilian workforce committed to taking care of Soldiers, families and units.

I have seen that USARAK has met or exceeded expectations with respect to our Pacific Theater Security Cooperation Program requirements.

We can expect more requirements in this part of our mission set and we can expect to host more Pacific armies in Alaska for Theater Security Cooperation Plan training events.
Our units will need to be responsive in training and exercise support that demonstrates the very best in mission essential task list task proficiency and professional execution of well-planned training events.

I have not had the opportunity to observe USARAK during an exercise related to our obligations to Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Joint Task Force Alaska. I look forward to upcoming exercises of this type and I am confident we will make a valuable contribution to the collective efforts of JTF Alaska, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX, and Alaska Army National Guard team.

With respect to leader development, discipline and small unit readiness, you need to know this has always been important to me as a leader in our great Army, and this tour as the USARAK Commander will be no different. I expect leaders to know the standard and enforce the standard. Our standards in garrison are found in the USARAK Blue Book.

I want to see junior leaders taking charge and making the tough call. I expect to see quality training that is planned and executed in accordance with our training doctrine. I expect the chain of command to own the barracks and ensure leaders are checking and enforcing standards in the barracks both during the duty day and after hours and during the weekends.

We must take care of each other.

We need to get back to the basics.

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