Fort Benning HR Director retires after 45-years of service

Karen Perkins, Director, Human Resources for the Installation Management Command, presents the Eagle award to James Brinson, Director, Fort Benning Human Resources, during his retirement ceremony March 29 in the Benning Club on Fort Benning. Brinson retired after 45-years of government service.

Karen Perkins, Director, Human Resources for the Installation Management Command, presents the Eagle award to James Brinson, Director, Fort Benning Human Resources, during his retirement ceremony March 29 in the Benning Club on Fort Benning. Brinson retired after 45-years of government service.

Submitted by the Fort Benning Directorate of Human Resources /

FORT BENNING, Ga. – After 45-years of dedicated service that was marked by an illustrious military and civilian career of ground-breaking accomplishments, James Brinson, the Fort Benning Director of Human Resources, retired March 29 in a ceremony in the Benning Club.

(Pictured from L to R) Command Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, Fort Benning command sergeant major, Col. Andrew Hilmes, Fort Benning garrison commander, James Brinson, Director of Human Resources, and George Steuber, Fort Benning deputy garrison commander, pose with one of Brinson's retirement gifts. Brinson retired from government service March 29 after 45-years of military and civilian service.

(Pictured from L to R) Command Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, Fort Benning command sergeant major, Col. Andrew Hilmes, Fort Benning garrison commander, James Brinson, Director of Human Resources, and George Steuber, Fort Benning deputy garrison commander, pose with one of Brinson’s retirement gifts. Brinson retired from government service March 29 after 45-years of military and civilian service.

Born in Savannah, Ga., Brinson began his distinguished career after receiving a four-year Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship at the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the adjutant general corps.

Brinson arrived at Fort Benning in 1990 after serving with the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Europe. Two years later he retired as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Infantry Center at Fort Benning with 20-years of military service.

Along with his wife, Sherry, and their two children, Katherine and Christopher, the Brinson’s had originally planned to transition home to Savannah for retirement.

“Fort Benning was a long way from Savannah, but after spending two years here, our family was ready to stay,” Brinson said. “For me, it was the people who made me want to stay here.”

Enjoying a short-lived retirement break, Brinson went back to work as a civilian in the adjutant general’s shop and was subsequently named the Adjutant General and Director of military personnel with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Benning.

Pictured from left: Son-in-law, Brian Robinson and daughter, Katherine Robinson; James Brinson and his wife, Sherry; son, Christopher Brinson; and (front) grandchildren, Brandan and Lillian Robinson.

Pictured from left: Son-in-law, Brian Robinson and daughter, Katherine Robinson; James Brinson and his wife, Sherry; son, Christopher Brinson; and (front) grandchildren, Brandan and Lillian Robinson.

In 2003, Brinson was selected as the Fort Benning Director of Human Resources with the newly established Installation Management Agency which later became the Installation Management Command. He also served as the interim Director of Manpower for the Maneuver Center of Excellence during the planning and initial implementation actions mandated by the Base Realignment and Closure commission.

Brinson received many awards and accolades during his career.

From 1993-1995, his AG shop was selected as the top AG in the Army three times, and his Army Career & Alumni Program- now Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program was named as the best in the Army in 1995.

Brinson was a key member of the Fort Benning Quality Team who won the Presidential Quality Award, three Commander In Chief Army Community of Excellence Awards, eight Army Chief of Staff Community of Excellence Awards, and the Georgia Quality Award.

He also received the Army Chief of Staff Commendation for Casualty Support to the 75th Ranger Regiment in Somalia and IMCOM’s prestigious Stalwart Award for individual excellence.

During the ceremony, Brinson made it clear that many of the awards he received were the result of great teamwork by the AG/DHR teams.

Dr. Grey Edwards Jr., Hub, Education Officer (far left), and Donny Philips, Chief, Military Personnel Division (center), present a gift to James Brinson, Director of Human Resources, Fort Benning, during his retirement ceremony March 29 at Fort Benning.

Dr. Grey Edwards Jr., Hub, Education Officer (far left), and Donny Philips, Chief, Military Personnel Division (center), present a gift to James Brinson, Director of Human Resources, Fort Benning, during his retirement ceremony March 29 at Fort Benning.

Brinson reminisced that his proudest achievement was the 98% overall customer satisfaction mark that DHR averaged over the last six years with a workload of 1,499,000 services completed for Soldiers and their families.

“We’re here in DHR to serve Soldiers and families,” Brinson said.  “Our goal is customer service excellence.  Our DHR leaders train customer service monthly and our employees embrace that idea.  They track progress from 10,000 – 14,000 ICE surveys annually and use that feedback to improve.”

For years the DHR operated out of WWII buildings in Soldiers’ Plaza – more affectionately known as “Splinter Village.”

Built in 1941, their best days had come and gone.  And while Brinson had the utmost respect and appreciation for the historic contribution of these “temporary” buildings, he was still passionate about moving DHR out of those rickety old white buildings … and he did!

Now DHR is in historic Ridgway Hall (Bldg 35 – Soldier Service Center) and in the Soldier for Life Center (Bldg 9230).

Brinson became the first Director of Human Resources to retire at Fort Benning and he plans to enjoy his new career as a caddie for his favorite middle school golfer … his granddaughter, Lillian.

Additionally, Brinson plans to volunteer some of his time in the local community and he plans to travel and reconnect with his extended family.

Congratulations Mr. Brinson – a job well done on your many outstanding accomplishments, and thank you for your service!

 

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