Garrison Command Group
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Colonel Adam W. Butler
Colonel Adam W. Butler, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, Virginia on July 29, 2016. He began his Army career in 1983 and his first duty assignment as an enlisted Infantryman was with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was then assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he completed Drill Instructor Training. Upon completion of his enlisted commitment, he attended the University of Texas, San Antonio, and earned a Bachelor of Business in Information Systems degree. He later attained a Science in Management Master’s Degree from Troy University, Alabama.
Colonel Butler received his U.S. Army commission in 1992, at which time he was commissioned as a Finance Officer. He first served as the Chief of Disbursing, Pay and Exam, 10th Finance Support Unit and D/208th Finance Battalion, Vicenza, Italy. He then commanded HHD & C/176th Finance Battalion, South Korea, and A/15th Finance Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. After those command stints, he served as the S3 for the 230th Finance Battalion (Forward), Bosnia Herzegovina where he was selected for the Training with Industry program at the Armed Forces Bank at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon completing TWI, Colonel Butler was assigned to the 266th Finance Command, Germany as the Banking and Credit Union Officer for U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army. He next served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as the Support Operations Officer and Commander, 101st Finance, 101st Soldier Support Battalion. Following graduation from Command and General Staff College in 2008, Colonel Butler served as the Chief, Centrally Managed Programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Afterward, he commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Special Troops Battalion and served as the 1st Armored Division G8, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Upon graduation from the Naval War College with a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies, Colonel Butler was assigned to the Army Staff as the Deputy Director, Resource Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff, G2. Colonel Butler last served as the United States Forces-Afghanistan, Director, J8.
Colonel Butler's awards and certifications include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutists Badge, Honduran Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and the Drill Instructor Badge.
Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U. S. Army Garrison
Melissa S. Magowan
Melissa Magowan serves as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, Virginia. In this capacity, she exercises executive leadership, provides policy and programmatic oversight to a broad range of installation programs, and represents the commander in his absence. She is responsible for managing day-to-day base operations for the installation and for providing administrative program direction to directors and special staff in finance, logistics, police and fire services, information technology, housing, engineering and environmental programs, operations and force protection, community activities, family programs, strategic planning, and human resources.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Magowan served as Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Fort Monroe, VA, from 2006-2009, where she managed installation operations supporting Headquarters (HQ), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), U.S. Army Accessions Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Joint Task Force Civil Support, and Installation Management Command, Atlantic Region. She also managed the Base Realignment and Closure process for the garrison as it transitioned to base closure.
Previously, Ms. Magowan was the Director of Integration for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Infrastructure, and Logistics for HQ TRADOC. As such, she developed command positions and strategic issues on installation management for the Commanding General and served as the command liaison for family and well-being policies.
Ms. Magowan was formerly the Chief of Operations for Installation Management support in TRADOC. She led installation management strategic planning, development of command quality standards, performance management, and writing of Army installation doctrine. She also served as a Plans Analyst in the Office of the Chief of Staff, HQ TRADOC, and in a variety of Resource Management positions.
Ms. Magowan began her federal career in 1984, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University. Since that time, she has held a number of progressively responsible positions with the Army at Fort McClellan, AL, Fort Lee, VA, and Fort Monroe, VA. She is a 1990 graduate of the Army Staff Management College, where she was awarded a Certificate of Achievement as a most outstanding graduate in academic achievement, initiative, and leadership. In addition to her outstanding performance awards, Ms. Magowan is a recipient of the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and the Superior Civilian Service Award, and of the Vice President’s Hammer Award as part of the National Performance Review. She is a member of the International City Managers Association and the Association of the United States Army.
Garrison Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major Vittorio F. DeSouza
Command Sergeant Major Vittorio F. DeSouza was born in Georgetown, Guyana. His family immigrated to United States when he was nine years old. He grew up in Bronx, New York and enlisted in the United States Army in March 1990. He attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
He has served in a variety of leadership positions to include Battalion Command Sergeant Major; Corps and Division Command Paralegal Sergeant Major; First Sergeant; Senior Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Small Group Leader; and Advanced Airborne School Instructor.
CSM DeSouza's previous assignments include: 4th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), and 3rd Special Forces Group, all at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy; Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; The Judge Advocate Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia; 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Headquarters/Alpha Company, 369th Adjutant General Battalion, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Ill Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.
His military and civilian education includes all NCOES courses, to include: U.S. Army Sergeants' Major Academy, First Sergeants Course, Basic and Advanced Airborne Schools, Air Assault School, Air Force and Army Operational Law Courses, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Facilitator Course, Staff and Faculty Instructor/Developer Course, Combatives Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Course, and Master Fitness Trainer Course. CSM DeSouza has an Associate of Arts Degree from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC); Meritorious Service Medal (8 OLC); Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC); Army Superior Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); National Defense Service Medal (bronze star); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd campaign star); Iraq Campaign Medal (2nd campaign star); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award); North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; Senior Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Driver's Badge; and Greek Senior Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major DeSouza has a daughter who recently graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the University of South Florida.