Fort Irwin To Receive New Garrison Commander

By Staff Reports

(Fort Irwin)– A new commander will take the helm of the garrison at Fort Irwin, July 11.

A change of command ceremony will place Col. Jon Braga in charge of United States Army Garrison at Fort Irwin, which is home of the Army’s National Training Center (commanded by Brig. Gen. Ted Martin). Braga will serve in the position that Col. Kurt Pinkerton has occupied since June 2011.

The ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m., in front of the Garrison headquarters building 237. The community is invited to attend; access to the installation is required. The U.S. Army Installation Management Central Region Director, Thomas Schoenbeck, will oversee the transition during the ceremony.

Braga most recently served as an Army War College Special Operations Fellow at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., over the past year. His military career began after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy and being commissioned as an infantry officer in 1991. He previously served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the NTC and Fort Irwin. At Fort Bragg, N.C., he commanded at the battalion level and served as a brigade-level operations officer and deputy commander with several deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he commanded a forward deployed joint special operations task force. He attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and served with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg and Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico.

Braga was born in Attleboro, Mass., and is married to the former Melanie Rohrbaugh from Apple Valley, Calif. They have four children MacKailey, Madison, Jack and Ryan.

Pinkerton’s next assignment will take him to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he will serve with U.S. Army South.

About Fort Irwin: Fort Irwin ensures a sustainable community with a quality of life that’s appropriate for an all-volunteer military force, while continuously improving the garrison organization to ensure it is prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing environment. Fort Irwin supports approximately 4,750 active duty service members and 7,220 family members. The installation employs approximately 1,330 federal government employees and 2,640 contractor employees.

About the NTC: The National Training Center at Fort Irwin trains the transformed Army by conducting force-on-force and live-fire training for ground and aviation brigades in a joint scenario across the spectrum of conflict, using a live-virtual-constructive training model, as portrayed by a highly lethal and capable Opposing Force and controlled by an expert and experienced Operations Group. The brigade and its joint partners use the full complement of its combat, combat support and combat service support systems in an expanded NTC maneuver area that has multiple urban operations sites and portrays the complexity and human dimension of the modern battlefield.

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