Top Enlisted Soldier To Visit Fort Irwin


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler and his wife Jeanne will visit Southern California this week to meet Soldiers, Families and Department of the Army Civilians. During a stop at Fort Irwin near Barstow, he will review a decisive action training exercise, while she meets with Family Readiness Group leaders, Army Community Service staff and Child Development Centers.

They will also visit the Los Angeles area on Feb. 21 to meet with the Army team in the area, including Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers, Army Recruiters, Army Veterans and friends of the Army.

His planned stops in Los Angeles also include meetings with the Mayor Los Angeles’ Military Veterans Advisory Council and the University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

Chandler serves as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on all enlisted‐related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devotes the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training, and talking to Soldiers and their Families. He sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their Families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress. Chandler was born in Whittier, Calif., and entered the Army in Brockton, Mass., in September 1981.

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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