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COMMUNITY CORNER – Offering a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for a job well-done

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | December 22, 2017

      It’s the end of the year, a time when we reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the possi­bilities in the New Year. As a team — Garrison, 1st Infantry Division and the Flint Hills Region — we have accom­plished much, despite some of the ob­stacles thrown our way. I’m proud and amazed at the amount, and quality, of work we’ve achieved in 2017.

     The upcoming year will have its own challenges, but I’m confident we will face them head-on and find in­novative ways to contribute to the Army’s operating concept of winning in a complex world.

     Even with turnover of key leaders, a high operations tempo, increased requirements from headquarters and person­nel and funding reductions, we’ve excelled in a number of areas. Here are just a few examples:

     • Awarded the Energy Savings Performance Contract to procure energy savings and facility improvements

     • Awarded the Utilities Privatization contract to ob­tain safe, reliable and efficient utility services

     • Opened the modern recycling facility to increase efficiency of material process­ing operations with the same number of employees

     • Received high marks during numerous inspections and accreditations and won multiple awards of excellence

     • Implemented the Installation Management Command’s Service Culture Initiative

     • Celebrated the 1st Infan­try Division’s 100th anniver­sary with events, including Victory Fest

     • Hosted the Housing the Force training event for high-level housing executives from around the world

     • Supported Soldier train­ing, deployments, rotations and redeployments

     • Hosted Fall Apple Day Festival for thousands of visitors

     • Opened the renovated Custer Hill Aquatic Park and the Outdoor Adventure Park

     • Strengthened our ties with Flint Hills Region by de­veloping several Intergovern­mental Support Agreements

      I encourage you to browse through this edition of the 1st Infantry Division Post newspaper to read more about some of these high­lights from 2017.

      From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year. Stay safe over the holiday period, take some time to relax and recu­perate and return refreshed for a fantastic 2018.

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