Maj. Gen. James Brown, Deputy Commanding General (RC), United States Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina conversed with Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers from the Ishpeming-based, 107th Engineer Battalion at Fort Polk, Joint Readiness Training Center in Leesville, La. March 22, 2016. The 107th EN BN provided transportation of heavy equipment and vehicles in support of training exercises Michigan Soldiers were participating in.
Brown spoke with the Michigan Soldiers during a tour of the 107th’s Tactical Operations Center, set up on Forward Operating Base Forge, a training FOB located on North Fort Polk. Brown spent time with each Soldier on duty in the training TOC. He asked the Soldiers about their experience with the Fort Polk training, their families, and their life in general both inside and outside the National Guard.
“He was so down to earth and seemed to genuinely care for each and every Soldier. He wanted to know about our Soldiers well-being instead of looking at statistics and numbers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Swenor, the TOC personnel NCOIC for the 107th EN BN, Task Force Red Bull.
The training at Fort Polk took place March 18-24, 2016. Documentation of the training exercise and Brown’s visit can be found on the Michigan National Guard website, minationalguard.com.