Local

August 2, 2013

New Garrison commander speaks about his core values, leadership philosophy

Gustavo Bahena
Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Jon Braga met with employees and Soldiers for his first commander’s call, here, July 29.

Braga has already conducted meetings with individual directorates and their staff, but the commander’s call follows a tradition of meeting with a unit as a whole. He made it clear he was not there to advocate for abrupt changes.

“What you’re not going to get from me today is this master vision and all these changes I’m going to make – here are the core values, here is what we’re all about, this is what we’re doing – no, we’re going to develop it together.”

He immediately requested input from his staff by asking them to write on a card the theme or branding message of Fort Irwin and three core values that USAG represents. The responses, which he collected, would serve as a sort of sensing session, Braga said.

The colonel then outlined his personal core values and leadership philosophy.

Braga stated, “These are my core values, this is what I’m about:”

  • Balance – Faith, family, country
  • Integrity – Lead by example; do the right thing always; honorable, trustworthy and dedicated
  • Compassion – Selflessly serve others; know your people
  • Humility – Always look to grow and improve
  • Passion – Enthusiastically believe in a vision and always look to make a difference

Braga said that he is now headed toward a better balance in his family life in comparison to the previous decade, when he was regularly deployed. He asked his staff to consider making family balance a priority during furlough days.

“Try taking advantage of those mandatory days off and spend time doing things you really love, and hopefully that’s your family, or anything else you enjoy, if you’re single,” Braga said.

About compassion, Braga said, he loves the Army and loves serving Soldiers. Now that he is working with so many civilians for the first time, he offered to support their efforts.

“I do want to know how to help you accomplish your job, because that makes us collectively better,” Braga said. “I’m here to serve you.”

Braga provided descriptions of his leadership philosophy. His beliefs include: adaptability, flexibility, proactive problem solvers; Team of Teams; decentralization and optimization; always improving, learning, growing; After Action Reviews; effective and efficient, and; have fun.

“I refuse not to have fun,” Braga commented on his last bullet. “Life’s too short not to have fun.”

Towards the end of his address, Braga reminded the audience of the significance of their roles in supporting the mission of the National Training Center.

“The NTC is part of the solution for the Army, and Garrison is part of the solution for the NTC,” Braga said. “This place doesn’t function – the Army doesn’t have a National Training Center if you aren’t behind the scenes, pulling the strings, making it happen. This is a vital piece of our national security. And that’s what you’re a part of.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DSC_5534

NTC, Fort Irwin celebrates 240th Army birthday

National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, Pvt. Nathan Sotelo and Sgt. Maj. Stephen Young cut a cake during the 240th Army birthday celebration here, June 15. Sotelo represented the youngest Sol...
 
 
Photo by Leslie Ozawa

Escape to freedom as a teenager from communist Vietnam

Photo by Leslie Ozawa Lt. Col. Thomas Nguyen speaks about life under the communist regime after the collapse of the government of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975. At Fort Irwin’s Asian-American Pacific Island Heritage Celebra...
 
 

Love and resiliency

Relisa, Robyn and Col. Richard Wilson. “I love being with him.” Those were the genuine, expressive words of a young military family member here not shy about her feelings for her father. Robyn Wilson, 10, said those words about her dad, Col. Richard Wilson – who has been the chief of staff for the National...
 

 
ribbon-cutting

The Box debuts at Fort Irwin Resiliency Center

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, and staff of the new Resiliency Center and “The Box” perform a ribbon cutting, June 15. Walk into Fort Irwin’s recently made-over fitness center and you see clues about ...
 
 
SFCPrice_briefs_BGMartin_2

11th ACR field ammunition supply point opens

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Price (right) briefs National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin on a new field ammunition supply point of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, June 16. Price is non-commissio...
 
 
crew_brings_sign_down

New NTC, Fort Irwin signs installed on I-15

A crew from California Department of Transportation District 8 (San Bernardino and Riverside County) lifts a sign to be installed on Interstate 15 for the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, June 11. For the first time, th...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>