FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico –
The week of January 10–15, 2021 marked the first visit of 81st Readiness Division Commanding General and Senior Commander of Fort Buchanan Maj. Gen. Jamelle C. Shawley to the military installation.
The visit to the only federal military installation in Puerto Rico included tours of garrison facilities and Army Reserve centers, office calls with military leaders, garrison personnel and a historical memorialization ceremony.
At the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) – Training Division, the Commanding General received a briefing on the Installation’s Training Program, resources, training areas and facilities that support the readiness of all Active and Reserve Component units as well as Federal government agencies. Part of the training support is also provided at the School House facilities located at the old Antilles Elementary School, where Soldiers receive training in Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, among other training requirements.
In addition to the tour of other facilities such as the garrison’s housing area, Las Casas Lake and the Rodriguez Army Health Clinic, the 81st commanding general participated of the historical event, the memorialization ceremony of the garrison’s Physical Fitness Center Annex in honor of baseball legend and US Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class Roberto E. Clemente Walker. The state-of-the-art facility supports the Army’s readiness mission and reaffirms the importance of Fort Buchanan’s commitment to the community.
During her first visit to the garrison and Puerto Rico, Maj. Gen. Shawley experienced the hospitality of the Puerto Rican culture and warm welcome from the Fort Buchanan community.