Fort Belvoir’s Garrison commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Tomlinson, relinquished command to Col. Michael Greenberg, Aug. 2, in a ceremony in Belvoir’s Thurman Hall.
“As the Army protects our citizens and serves our nation all over the world, we expect much from our Soldiers and our families,” said Davis Tindoll, director of the Army IMCOM’s Sustainment Directorate and the ceremony host. “The Army Installation Management Command’s mission is to integrate and deliver base operations support to enable readiness for a globally responsive military and our national defense partners. The centerpiece of the installation management command is the garrisons. And the individuals leading their organizations are integral to us achieving success.”
The Army creates leaders who are “capable, innovative and motivated to handle the challenges of this type of command,” he said.
Tindoll described Tomlinson as a remarkable leader.
“Where others saw a challenge, he saw an opportunity,” Tindoll said, adding that Tomlinson embodied the Warrior Ethos.
“His engagement has changed the dynamics of Fort Belvoir,” he said, adding it was an honor to serve with Tomlinson.
“Chris you will be missed, but I thank you for a job well done,” he said.
Tomlinson thanked senior leaders and the Fort Belvoir Garrison team, for their “trust and confidence during a challenging time and the opportunity to command this great organization. I know, in particular, during these unique circumstances, that trust was truly demonstrated to me and my family. We are humbled, and will be forever thankful.”
Tomlinson also thanked civilian community leaders and Fort Belvoir’s mission partners.
“I truly value the bonds that I hope we have continued to build during our time together. I know I appreciate all you have done in your support of Fort Belvoir,” he said.
Tomlinson also thanked garrison directors and his command sergeants major for their support and knowledge over his time as commander.
“While I’ve been here, we have focused on implementing our objectives, in accordance with our priorities, to direct the finite amount of resources that we have in maintaining the exceptional level of services and programs to our partners,” he said.
They have accomplished many things, while resourcing more than $200 million “toward the renovation and modernization of critical facilities on this installation,” the outgoing commander said.
“The Fort Belvoir Garrison is dedicated to the community’s future with exceptional services for Fort Belvoir families, including the opening and full staffing of all seven childcare development centers and consolidating Army Community Service and Soldier and Family Assistance Center to maximize services to wounded warriors,” Tomlinson said.
“The garrison staff and team, here, have the knowledge and professionalism which, combined with mutual trust, makes for a powerful combination with which I know you will be successful,” Tomlinson said to Greenberg.
Greenberg has extensive experience and a finance background that prepares him to take over as garrison commander, Tindoll said.
“He is ready today to take on the multiple resource challenges here at Fort Belvoir,” Tindoll said, adding that, while there are many challenges, he is confident in Greenberg’s abilities, which will bring in new energy and excellence to the garrison team.
Greenberg thanked senior leaders for the chance to lead Fort Belvoir.
“I look forward to continuing to foster strength in our partnership,” he said to community leaders and partners.
After seeing the garrison team addressing the community’s needs, Greenberg said he will continue to keep the high standards the garrison has established.
“People are the most important resource, and I will continue to put people first,” Greenberg said, adding he and his family are excited to be at Belvoir.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as your garrison commander,” Greenberg said.