VIDEO UPDATE: Click here to view a People First Highlight Video: (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division)



11/20/2020 2:14 p.m.

III Corps’ “Operation People First” team-building initiative expands to Forts Bliss, Carson, Riley

FORT HOOD, Texas — 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,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General. “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 focuses on the fundamentals of engaged personal leadership to build 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,” said Command Sgt. Major Cliff Burgoyne, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant major. “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 prioritizes getting to know Soldiers and building trust; it began Oct. 19 and runs through early December and concludes with III Corps-wide People First Action Weeks. 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 Fort Bliss, Texas (1st Armored Division); Fort Hood, Texas (1st Cavalry Division); Fort Carson, Colorado (4th Infantry Division); and Fort Riley, Kansas (1st Infantry Division); as well as, other III Corps units and locations.

Feedback from Soldiers, family members, and our civilian personnel is a key component for Operation People First. Soldiers should rely on their chain of command to resolve concerns or make suggestions, at the unit level; however, the commanding general’s hotline is available 24/7 at (254) 618-7486.



Media may download and share the Command Team’s video announcement and People First highlights at the following links:

People First Highlight Video: (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division):


People First Social Media links:

4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson

1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss

1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood

1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley