The top graduate in this class of field grade officers from throughout the Army hails from White House, Tennessee, about 30 minutes north of Nashville.
Maj. Tyler Garrett had the highest grade point average in the Command and General Staff Officer Course class which graduated Friday in Heiser Hall. Fifty-three Soldiers received their diplomas from the 16-week class at the Command and General Staff School.
Garrett, 35, has been in the Army 13 years and specializes in health care administration. Before the course, he was assigned at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, but is now heading to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to become deputy commander for administration at Reynolds Army Health Clinic.
“I’m coming from Fort Campbell en route to Fort Sill so this was a pit stop on the way,” he said. His parents, Larry and Sherry Garrett, attended the morning ceremony from White House.
“It was an outstanding experience,” the distinguished honor graduate said of the four-month course. “Redstone is a great base, a great installation that really provides outstanding resources and outstanding facilities. And then the instructors are outstanding in their ability to translate their academic and operational experience to the personal and professional development of the Army’s field grade officers.”
Garrett deployed to Iraq in 2009 and 2011 and to Afghanistan in 2013. He and his wife of nine years, Aschley, have a son, Jase, 6, and a daughter, Hadley, 4.
Guest speaker Lt. Gen. Ed Daly, Redstone Arsenal senior commander and Army Materiel Command deputy commander, had three messages for the graduates:
One, they did not get to this point by chance and did not accomplish this alone; they had a great supporting cast.
Two, this course was meant to hone their abilities and skills to set their conditions for the future; and the Army expects a lot of them and is counting on them.
Three, they need to go be great. “There’s no traffic jam on the extra mile. Go that extra mile,” Daly said.
The three-star general, who graduated from this course 21 years ago, told the graduates they are the Army’s future.
“I would say to you: Savor every second, give 110 percent, make a difference and be great,” Daly said.
The five distinguished graduates included Garrett, Capt. Matthew Borel, Maj. Douglas Taylor, Maj. Joseph Remesz-Guerrette and Capt. Kyle Williams.
In a separate ceremony later, graduate Felicia Heisler was promoted from captain to major. The standout triathlete and communications officer will be assigned to the 31st Artillery Defense Brigade at Fort Sill. She was joined by her husband of 10 years, John, who is a sergeant first class in the Reserve and an Active Guard Reserve recruiter, and their son, Luke, 9, and daughter, Summer, 8. One of her mentors, Marine Col. Joseph Delaney, assistant chief of staff G-6 (communications) for Marine Forces Pacific in Hawaii, conducted the promotion at the Command and General Staff School.
“The course was very professional and it was well-planned, very strategic in the information that the organizational leaders are required to know,” Heisler said. “The staff here were intentional leaders and they are what made the course a success.”
The student leaders presented the class gift to Col. Scott Green, director of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The gift was a print by artist Larry Selman, “The Stonewall Brigade,” depicting the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Regiment, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
The Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth educates and develops leaders for full spectrum, joint, interagency and multinational operations. The Redstone Arsenal Satellite Campus began in January 2010.
Here are the 53 graduates of the Command and General Staff Officer Course class of 2019-002:
Staff group Alpha: Maj. Craig Ford, Maj. David Behrmann, Capt. Anthony Abeyta, Capt. Kevin Badger, Capt. Matthew Borel, Capt. Arron Edmonds, Capt. Jeremy Littrel, Maj. Roman Pastukhov, Maj. Chad Plaisted, Capt. Michael Poole, Maj. Naleya Scott, Capt. Jade Snader, Capt. Kyle Williams
Staff group Bravo: Maj. Kara Jensen, Maj. Tally Animashaun, Capt. Andrew Arias, Capt. Benjamin Boettcher, Maj. Tyler Garrett, Capt. Alanda Henderson, Capt. Young Lee, Maj. Alan Moss, Maj. Tawanda Murphy, Capt. Rollin Myers, Capt. Matthew Neter, Capt. Kevin Vega, Maj. Justin Zimmerman
Staff group Charlie: Maj. Adrian Smith, Capt. Thomas Burbank, Maj. Regis Carr, Chaplain (Maj.) Brian Hargis, Capt. Benjamin Hunter, Maj. Alexander Leonard, Maj. Coral Lore, Maj. Daniel Meadows, Maj. Lukas Moore, Capt. Johanna Mosby, Maj. Steven Rauchbach, Maj. Douglas Taylor, Maj. Michael Yates
Staff group Delta: Maj. Matthew Eddings, Capt. Theodore Allen, Capt. Cody Cleland, Maj. Felicia Heisler, Maj. Garrett John, Maj. William King, Chaplain (Maj.) Joseph Lawhorn, Maj. Eric Madden, Maj. Zachary Martin, Capt. Victor Montellano, Maj. Joseph Remesz-Guerrette, Capt. Jordan Salcedo, Maj. Brandon Wagner, Capt. Ieisha Woolridge