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III Corps’ “Operation People First” continues for Soldiers, families and civilian workers across all III Corps units and their communities.

“We are announcing “Operation People First,” an initiative that ensures Soldiers, families and civilians are always at the core of what we do. Throughout this initiative, Soldiers should expect engaged, personal leadership,” Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, said. “Leadership is a contract between the leader and the led. Ultimately, Soldiers should expect that leaders know their teams; are invested in taking action to solve problems; and are committed to both demonstrate and enforce standards.”

“Operation People First” prioritizes a back-to-basics, people-first approach to leadership and will focus on restoring the fundamentals of engaged personal leadership to restore trust with Soldiers, families, civilians and military communities.

“Our goal is to promote a positive culture across our formations. Soldiers should demand that leaders put their welfare, professional development and readiness first,” Command Sgt. Major Cliff Burgoyne, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major, said. “Our Soldiers, families, and civilians across our teams can expect that leadership will seek your input and listen to your concerns. We will be highly trained, disciplined and fit, and give our people time with their loved ones.”

Operation People First will be conducted in three phases.  The first phase focuses on getting to know Soldiers and building trust; it began Oct. 19 and runs through early December and concludes with a III Corps-wide People First Action Week. Phase two will incorporate leader certification programs and a servant leadership forum. Phase three will culminates in assessments that analyze the effectiveness of the initiative.  This is a 12-month initiative that will be refined based on bottom-up feedback.

Operation People First is for all III Corps Soldiers across Forts Bliss and Hood; Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Riley, Kansas, as well as other III Corps locations.