The Mission Training Complex-Fort Leavenworth welcomed a new commander and bade farewell to another in a ceremony at the complex July 1.
Lt. Col. Kelly Brown, a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., assumed command of MTC-Fort Leavenworth as the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Gregory Glenn, prepared to attend the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Passing the MTC guidon from Glenn to Brown was Col. Thomas Perison, chief of Training Division, National Guard Bureau.
MTC-Fort Leavenworth was established in 1991 to support leadership development and to give units in the Army National Guard the same battle command training given to active-duty units. In 2003, the facility was named the Battle Command Training Center and assumed greater training responsibilities. In 2011, all battle command training centers were redesignated as mission training complexes. The 42-acre facility is on the southeast edge of Fort Leavenworth, near the intersection of Sherman and Metropolitan avenues.
In his remarks, Perison praised the contributions of Glenn and the MTC team in contributing to the growth and reputation of the facility.
“Under Greg’s vision and leadership, the Fort Leavenworth Mission Training Complex successfully supported some 400 training events, including two division warfighter exercises, as well as mobile training team support for more than 10,000 soldiers and leaders in virtually every state and territory, and hosted 10 joint assessment conferences in support of deploying units,” Perison said. “While the sheer numbers of personnel and training events appear overwhelming, Lieutenant Colonel Glenn and MTC-Fort Leavenworth found the time and energy to further develop their family readiness group and participate in numerous events that supported the local community.
“Over the last two years, Fort Leavenworth Mission Training Complex has been the epitome of what the Army National Guard symbolizes — teamwork, dedication, family, and duty to country and community.”
Glenn spent much of his remarks thanking the personnel who work at MTC-Fort Leavenworth, as well as their spouses and the family support group.
“The people are the most important value and reason for the success of our huge mission here,” Glenn said. “How so few people have accomplished so much is still amazing to me. I know every soldier and civilian personally through and through.”
Glenn also had praise for the support of his family.
“Barbara advocated for family support,” he said of his wife. “She wants the soldiers and their families to see what is right looks like and that the Army is not just a job, but a profession that impacts the entire family. She feels our soldiers and their families deserve everything and lives by the motto of doing the hard right over the easy wrong.”
Brown said she was thankful for the opportunity to command.
Page 2 of 2 - “When I transitioned from the active component to the Guard, I had only one question — will I have the opportunity to compete for command?” she said. “ Perhaps I should have asked a few more questions, but no matter the answers, as a tactical officer at heart, nothing else quite compares to leading soldiers.”
Brown was commissioned as an active-duty aviation officer and served in a number of leadership and staff positions with the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, in Korea. She also served as assistant S-3, company commander and S-1 of the 12th Aviation Battalion. Brown was an operations officer in the President’s Emergency Operations Center and served as a White House military social aide under Presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush.
In the National Guard, Brown has served as a training officer in the Operational Support Airlift Command, chief of protocol for the National Guard Bureau, S-3 of the 1-111th Aviation Battalion, S-3 of Aviation Task Force-Kuwait in Operation Iraqi Freedom, branch chief of the Traditional Communication Branch in Operation Enduring Freedom and as a strategic force integrator for Army National Guard Force Management.
Brown has a bachelor of science degree in international relations and American legal studies from USMA, a master of public administration from Troy University, and a master’s of strategic studies from the National War College. Her professional military education includes the resident Command and General Staff Officer Course and resident National War College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of business administration with homeland security specialization from Northcentral University.