FORT GORDON, Ga., (Jan. 19, 2017) — Fort Gordon welcomed Lt. Gen. David E. Quantock, United States Army Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington D.C., Jan. 18-19. It was his first time visiting the installation as inspector general. The last time an Inspector General of the U.S. Army came to Fort Gordon was in 2010.
During his stay, Quantock met with members of 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, Cyber Protection Brigade, 706th Military Intelligence Group, and National Security Agency-Georgia. He also conducted leader professional development sessions with the Intermediate Level Education course and spoke with students in the Signal Captains Career Course.
Quantock said one of the main reasons for his visit was to gain a better understanding of challenges Fort Gordon is facing and resources needed that come with having an expanded mission set. It was also an opportunity for him to see the work and revitalization being done in preparation for U.S. Army Cyber Command.
“It’s an exciting place,” he said.
The visit was also a chance for Quantock to get up close and personal with troops through sensing sessions.
“I want to find out what’s on the mind of individuals; not only what’s going on here at Fort Gordon, but Army-wide,” he said. “All that stuff is useful for me to bring back to the Army staff and pass on to the chief and the secretary.”
Reiterating that the command in chief’s No. 1 priority is readiness, Quantock said he feels strongly that Fort Gordon stands out among other installations that will continue to grow and thrive.
“Cyber is going to be one of those key metrics of readiness across the force, so from a perspective, Fort Gordon stands in good stead with the chief’s readiness guidelines, “Quantock said. “But even though readiness is No. 1, you still have got to support and sustain these installations that are going to be critical to our future, and I think that’s where Fort Gordon is in a very good place for the future of the Army.”
Lt. Col. Jonathan E. Flanagan, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon inspector general, said he believes the lieutenant general’s visit was very successful.
“The mix of TRADOC and operational missions provide unique challenges as well as opportunities to influence the (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy) process, and I think Lt. Gen. Quantock now has information he needs to share with others at and above the three-star level to help this installation meet the challenges of a growing population and mission,” Flanagan said.