GEORGIA GARRISON TRAINING CENTER, Hinesville, Ga. May 10, 2012 – National Guard garrison commanders from 17 states and Puerto Rico gathered here at the Georgia Garrison Training Center (GGTC) for the first Garrison Command Leadership Course (GCLC) conducted by the National Guard.
Colonel Dean Brown, commander of the Ohio National Guard’s Fort Ohio Training Center said of the course, “After six years of phone calls and conferences between garrison commanders, it was the right time to create a formal leadership course for National Guard garrison commanders, much the way the regular Army does.”
The GCLC is a three-day instructional conference developed for key leadership personnel from garrison commands across the U.S. and its territories. The conference is structured to provide an exchange of ideas between the state garrison commanders and to share non-directive guidance with one another.
This type of interaction-based conference was born from the Training Center Advisory Council (TCCAC), an organization whose main purpose is to advise the Chief, Army Training Division, National Guard Bureau, on all matters pertaining to Army National Guard Training Centers.
“TCCAC desires to have the GCLC become a mandatory educational and leadership requirement prior to any officer being promoted to or assigned as a National Guard garrison commander,” said Col. David S. Lee, Co-Chair of TCCAC and current Garrison Commander for the GGTC in Georgia.
The curriculum for the course was developed by Col. Mike Woods, the National TCCAC chair, and Col. David Lee. Other National Guard garrison commanders provided input as to what subjects should be addressed as part of the curriculum.
The course provided instruction in a variety of topics including, staff and garrison responsibilities, operations, protocol, MWR operation, facilities management and logistical operations, and chargeable transient quarters operations. The course also featured a garrison commander panel discussion and a garrison Command Sgt. Maj. panel discussion.
Course attendees noted the information had been valuable and would be implemented into garrison practice in their home states.
“This course has been the best training I have had so far,” said Col. Clark Roberts, incoming garrison commander of Camp Williams. “It is just what I needed.”
Staff Sergeant Vincent Simpkins
Unit Public Affairs Representative
Georgia Garrison Training Center