6635362.jpgAn audience member asks Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Christopher Lowman a question during a civilian town hall April 29 at the post theater. Roughly 80 civilians from around the installation attended the event facilitated by Deputy Garrison Commander Mark Cox. (Photo Credit: Josephine Carlson)

By Josie Carlson, Fort Jackson Public Affairs

During his visit to Fort Jackson, Acting Under Secretary of the Army, Christopher Lowman held a civilian town hall organized by Fort Jackson's Garrison.

He also participated in many events including interacting with Soldiers at the Forge and speaking at the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment Basic Combat Training graduation.

Lowman discussed workforce development, career progression, initiative and leadership.

“I'm a career civilian. I've been with the Army about 34 years or so,” Lowman said to the roughly 80 civilians in attendance. “I enlisted in the Marines right out of high school and then hired on at the end of that first enlistment. So, I am one of you, and I've been sitting in that seat. So I want to thank you for taking the time and allowing me to spend a little bit of time with you this afternoon.”

Mark Cox, deputy Garrison commander, facilitated the formal introduction and the question and answer session.

Lowman covered four themes during the event including the importance of education, professional mobility, geographic mobility, and balance. Through his personal experiences he shared with the audience how they can work toward their own professional goals as Army civilians.

Loman spoke about various programs that civilians can take advantage of to increase their experience and open new doors.

Cox pointed out that there is a developmental assignment program here at Fort Jackson and introduced Mary Jo Behney, Workforce Development Program Manager, for those who may want to find out more about the program.

Lowman agreed that was exactly the kind of program that would allow civilians to exercise some professional mobility without having to leave their current job.

You can “learn something new, learn a new population of folks and perhaps compete for that next opportunity,” Lowman said.