Innovation comes from collaboration

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s master planner Matthew Fortunato said the area development planning process at JBM-HH is unique to that at other installations.

“The joint base commander was very instrumental in bringing leaders together and ensuring stakeholders provided input,” said Fortunato. “We brought in external stakeholders including Arlington National Cemetery, the National Planning Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers.

“I have done ADPs in the past, but at JBM-HH everyone’s involved ... the big difference was inviting all stakeholders, avoiding groupthink.”

  Fortunato cited the joint base commander’s involvement in the process as a key to guiding the group to the desired end state. The commander’s intent included getting senior leader approval, having a realistic and effective plan that enables the joint mission and enhances the historical significance of America’s Post.

“It is important that Maj. Gen. (Omar) Jones (IV), (commanding general of Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington),   provided his perspective, he helped make the plan realistic,” he said. “The leadership focus on being realistic and using our resources wisely was to make sure all stakeholders get what they need. There are ways we can use what we already have more effectively.”

 Fortunato noted that installation management leadership has even stated that the process at JBM-HH is unique to other installations.

He stressed that ultimately the strength of the project came down to the commander’s intent, an acknowledgement that the key to paving the path to JBM-HH’s development for the next 30 years and beyond is a commitment to involve and listen to all internal and external stakeholders.


Emily Mihalik

JBM-HH Public Affairs Office