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Major General Dana Pittard: "Whatever we do, make it world class"


POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 5:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 7:11pm

Commander gets ready to leave Fort Bliss for Virginia

In one of his last tasks, a top leader at Fort Bliss addressed the media on Tuesday. Major General Dana Pittard is leaving the military installation after three years as its Commander. "I am an El Pasoan, it's been an opportunity to become even closer with the El Paso and local community," MG Dana Pittard said.

He may be leaving, but he's also leaving his mark through the many changes that have been implemented over the years.

"We knew we needed more houses here but we weren't building them. So now we're building three different housing neighborhoods," Pittard told us. Homes he and other leaders hope to fashion in an environmentally sound way as possible. He's also built urban villages to train soldiers before they go off into combat.

"To really make it as realistic as possible so the training here would be absolutely world class," he explained.

But it hasn't always been easy. "There's obstacles all along the way because there's things that we're doing that no one else is doing," Pittard said.

Despite the obstacles, he's been able to move things along. Installing signs on buildings which remind soldiers of the 'family friendly' environment. Urging everyone who enters the military installation to keep their language friendly. "It wasn't just on profanity... it was also, how do you treat your fellow human beings? It's with dignity and respect," he explained.

Whether they're small or large changes, everything Pittard has done or will do harkens back to one principle."I believe in servant leadership and that is the more responsibility that you have, the greater servant you should be," the Commander said.

Major General Dana Pittard will be moving to Virginia. He says from there, he and his wife will make the decision on whether or not they will stay in the Army.

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