Utah Guard General

Takes on National Assignment

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published April 11, 2007

 

Download Printer-Friendly Version

       

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, left, discusses the border fence-building mission with a Utah Soldier in June 2006 near San Luis, Ariz.

Photo by Maj. Hank Mcintire

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, left, discusses the border fence-building

mission with a Utah Soldier in June 2006 near San Luis, Ariz.

DRAPER, Utah — Brig. Gen. Bruce C. Frandsen, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Utah National Guard, was appointed recently as deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Frandsen, a lifelong resident of American Fork, will continue in his current assignment with the Utah Guard and assume the new post as an additional duty.

His responsibilities at Fort Leonard Wood will include overseeing the training and equipping of more than 40,000 Engineer, Chemical, and Military Police Soldiers in the Army National Guard nationwide.

The three-year assignment will also involve advising military planners in the transformation of Engineer units to a more deployable, modular structure, given the recent history of Soldiers’ more frequent deployments overseas and the necessity to perform missions outside their traditional specialties.

Calling the new transformation model a “plug-and-play” approach, Frandsen says it will create smaller, more maneuverable Engineer elements able to move, train, and deploy as stand-alone entities.

Frandsen will also assist in the development of the new combat support brigade structure that the Army will add to the Active Component, Reserves and National Guard. This task will involve everything from realigning unit organizations to basic Soldier and officer training, equipment acquisition, and research labs.

According to Frandsen, Utah is expected to field one of these new brigades by 2010, subject to budget and equipment availability.

Facing some stiff competition in the selection process, Frandsen feels honored to be selected for the position.

“I was pleasantly surprised, and I’m excited to get the nod and get to work,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, right, briefs his Soldiers during the Vigilant Guard exercise in August 2006.

Photo by Spc. Chris Gardner

Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, right, briefs his Soldiers

during the Vigilant Guard exercise in August 2006.

Frandsen brings 32 years of military experience to this new assignment, having commanded at platoon, company, and battalion level in the Engineers and serving as a full-time staff officer in a number of areas to include training, personnel, and operations.

Frandsen believes that this opportunity will help benefit the Utah Guard in many ways.

“One of the things that interested me most about this position was the transformation of the Engineer Corps and how it affects the traditional National Guard Soldier,” said Frandsen about his motivation for applying for the post. “I also wanted to make sure that the Guard perspective is heard.”

“Keeping your finger on the pulse allows Utah to have a voice in forums, councils and committees,” added Frandsen. “Whenever a senior officer can get involved in national issues, it can’t help but be of benefit back home.”