When Col. Kyle Reed first learned he was being assigned as Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, he welcomed the announcement.
“I was pretty excited, and I say that because I enjoyed my previous assignments here,” said Reed, who had previously been assigned to the installation as a 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Soldier in 2001. “There’s something about the environment and there’s something about the culture here at Fort Bragg that makes us different from all of the other installations I’ve been stationed at.”
It’s this experience and his command philosophy that focuses on the warfighter that Reed will follow as the installation’s newest garrison commander.
“I’m not coming here to change things, but to give a different perspective,” said Reed.
“Fort Bragg works well as-is but everything evolves and it’s our job to make our functions more effective,” Reed said.
“The philosophy that guides me is we have to always look at how we can better enable our warfighters to do their job, to meet their needs.”
Reed understands these needs go well beyond the scope and boundaries of the garrison.
“Meeting the needs of the warfighter involves a complete package. It involves taking the guidance from the senior commander and getting the commands on Fort Bragg to take ownership of it. It also means involving our surrounding communities and getting their support for the warfighters.”
Reed understands getting and maintaining support from the local communities means getting to know their leaders.
“As the garrison commander, a large part of my job involves relationships. It involves getting to know community leaders. Getting to know who’s on the other end of a conversation not only helps build support but it’ll help de-escalate issues when they arise.
“Being a part of the community, for me to understand it, I have to be involved,” said Reed.
Reed’s previous assignments have included command of Company A and of Headquarters Companies, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, commander of the U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School and commander of 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Grafenwoehr, Germany, as well as deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Most recently, he served as the director, Military Coordination Cell, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, forward deployed in Mogadishu, Somalia where he was responsible for coordinating, synchronizing and facilitating support to the African Union Mission to Somalia, the Federal Government of Somalia, the Somalia National army and the international community.
Reeds’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leave Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in August 1995.
In May 2007, he completed his Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
In June 2016, Reed earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
He is married to the former Keri Terrell of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and they have two children; Camden and Leighton.
Reed, who has served in various capacities as a Soldier, has a very clear message for service members.
“I’m not going to come in and try to put my name on everything. I’m here to serve as a garrison commander and as a senior leader of Fort Bragg,” he said. “It’s not just the garrison providing the support. It’s all of us working together to provide a better environment for our Soldiers, Families, our Department of the Army civilians, our contractors and those that interact with all things Fort Bragg and the surrounding community.”