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NEWS | July 27, 2021

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness visits JBLE

By Senior Airman John Foister 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Penrod visited multiple locales on base, beginning with a  question-and-answer lunch with Soldiers. The tour continued on to the Training and Doctrine Command headquarters to meet with Lieutenant General Maria R. Gervais, United States Army TRADOC deputy commanding general and  chief of staff . The tour concluded after Penrod visited both the Madison Child  Development Center and Family Advocacy. 

Penrod spoke with Soldiers and civilians regarding their experiences in the Army, how their sections operate daily, and potential wellness improvements. 

Penrod took over Assistant Secretary of Defense duties on February 12, 2018.  Her primary duties as the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness include all matters regarding civilian and military personnel policies, Total Force manpower and resources, reserve integration, and military community and family policy. 

Immersion tours are important tools that help senior leaders gain insight and context that could later influence the policy making process.