FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 5, 2018) — Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, reflects on his two years here prior to a change-of-command ceremony, which will be held at 10 a.m. July 10 in Nutter Field House.
Q. How has serving as garrison commander compared to previous assignments?
A. Garrison Commander is the most demanding position I have held, because it requires me to be engaged 100 percent of the time (24/7). The quantity and regularity of face-to-face engagements and partnership efforts are necessary to build trust between all our partners, on and off our installation. While extremely demanding, this is also the most rewarding position I have held, because of the valuable impact we make every day as a team.
Q. What were your objectives and how do you feel the Garrison helped in accomplishing them?
A. My main three objectives were to improve our quality of life, youth sports, and develop stronger partnerships. I have an amazing enterprise team that works hard to make Fort Leonard Wood a better place to work, play and live.
Q. What experience, personal or professional, affected you the most during your command?
A. While I have enjoyed many personal and organizational successes during my tenure as Garrison Commander, I am most deeply affected by not getting more community projects completed during my time here. The experience of visiting our historic Black Officers Club was very special to me as I was able to see the names of those who came before me. I also had the opportunity to sign my name on the inside of the wall… it meant a lot to me.
Q. What will you miss most about the post and area?
A. I will miss the beautiful wildlife I get to see in my backyard each day, and I will also miss many friends that I have made over the last two years.
Q. What is next for you and your family?
A. My family and I will PCS to the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Virginia, (where I’ll) serve as the director for the Sustainment Battle Lab/Army Futures Command.
Q. Anything else you would like to add?
A. Fort Leonard Wood is truly an amazing place! I was blessed with two great years in command and want to thank everyone for their friendship and support. My family and I have great memories and experiences that we will take with us. Thank you to the community for welcoming us with open arms two years ago.