• Sutten assumes command of Garrison

  • Col. Marne Sutten assumed command of the Fort Leavenworth Garrison in a ceremony June 20 at Frontier Conference Center.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Col. Marne Sutten assumed command of the Fort Leavenworth Garrison when Col. Andrew Shoffner transferred leadership of the organization to her in a ceremony June 20 at Frontier Conference Center.
    Vincent Grewatz, director of Installation Management Command-Training, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., officiated the ceremony and said changes of command are more about continuity than they are about change. He said the soldiers and civilians of the Garrison would not skip a beat in accomplishing this mission for the community.
    “Anyone involved in the business of installation management knows that success critically depends upon teamwork and partnerships,” Grewatz said. “And, nowhere is this a truer descriptor than here at Fort Leavenworth.”
    Grewatz said the multiple levels of support provided by the Combined Arms Center Commander Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy and his team was an essential element to the Garrison workforce’s success. He thanked Lundy and said their synergy also reflected a highly developed degree of community teamwork.
    “Sir, I’m honored to partner with you, and your command team, as we work together to set high standards for quality of life and readiness,” Grewatz said.
    Grewatz said under Shoffner’s leadership, Fort Leavenworth epitomized the tenets of the IMCOM mission of commitment to service and enhancing readiness while realizing major accomplishment in several significant areas. He said Shoffner performed exceptionally well at an installation with high expectations and little margin for error.
    “It’s evident that we’ve done things better at Fort Leavenworth because we have done them working together,” Grewatz said. “This incredible success begins with the leadership that Andy and Kim Shoffner have provided over the last two years.”
    Grewatz said Shoffner worked tirelessly with community leaders, other commanders, mission partners and tenant organizations to make Fort Leavenworth the best hometown in the Army. He said Shoffner also mentored youth through the Boy Scouts and gave his time to other community volunteer groups.
    “(Shoffner) strengthened ties between the fort and neighboring communities and key supporters in the region, opening new horizons of cooperation and partnership that improved care for our soldiers and mission readiness,” Grewatz said.
    Shoffner said it was an honor and privilege to command the Garrison and help manage the installation of Fort Leavenworth. He said he appreciated the votes of confidence shown by his superiors throughout his tenure.
    “Being able to develop options in today’s complex environment of budget cuts and resource constraints is challenging,” Shoffner said.
    Shoffner thanked his wife, Kim, and children for their individual and collective support during his time in command. He said Sutten and her family would enjoy their time at Fort Leavenworth.
    Page 2 of 3 - “You all will love it here,” Shoffner said. “And, I am confident that you will take this command to even greater heights.”
    Grewatz said Sutten and her spouse have his full support and confidence to successfully meet all of the new challenges while inspiring the Garrison to new levels of innovation and performance. He said Sutten brings extensive experience to the position and a record of excellence that speaks for itself.
    “Fortunately for the Army and IMCOM, we don’t have to look far to find another great command team,” Grewatz said. “I am confident that (Sutten) will lead this organization with pride and distinction.”
    Sutten said she appreciated the welcome from community leaders and the seamless transition of command provided by Shoffner. She said her family had first experienced Fort Leavenworth 10 years ago and had hoped to return.
    “We are excited to be back. I am proud and I am humbled to be part of this organization. Our mission is vital and it directly impacts the soldiers, civilians, retirees and their families,” Sutten said. “We must and we will succeed in providing outstanding support and services to the people who live and work in the best hometown in the Army.”
    Sutten was born into a military family at Fort Gordon, Ga. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1995 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps.
    Her first assignment was serving as a platoon leader in D Company, 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea.
    Sutten served as a brigade assistant operations officer in the 35th Signal Brigade, and then as the A Company executive officer and battalion S4 for the 327th Signal Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C. In Germany, she served as the brigade S6 for the 1st Armored Division Artillery Brigade.
    Sutten then took command of A Company, 32nd Signal Brigade, and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004.
    Following command, she served as the brigade S6 for the 130th Engineer Brigade.
    Selected for the Joint Staff Intern program, Sutten received a masters in public policy from Georgetown University and then served as a congressional liaison in the House of Representatives.
    Her next assignment was to III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as a planner in the Commander’s Action Group, during which time she deployed to OIF in 2010. She then was assigned to 2nd Brigade (Black Jack), 1st Cavalry Division, as the brigade S6 and the brigade rear detachment commander.
    After moving to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sutten served in the J6 for Special Operations Command Central, a sub-unified command of the U.S. Central Command, before taking command of the 2nd Joint Communications Squadron.
    Page 3 of 3 - As commander of 2nd JCS, she deployed a joint force to establish the communications architecture for Operation United Assistance in Liberia in 2014.
    Sutten’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, the U.S. Army Airborne School, the U.S. Army Jumpmaster School, the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officer Course and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
    Sutten is married to Lt. Col. Grant Fawcett, and together they have two children.
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