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Meet your Garrison: Ops Center chief brings Army, FEMA experience to Carlisle Barracks

Todd Wheeler, (left) accepts an award from Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, for his work in a Virtual Table Top Exercise program in 2013. Wheeler continues to apply the lessons he’s learned from his time in the Army and FEMA to the operations program at Carlisle Barracks.

 

The “Meet Your Garrison” series will focus on the men and women of Carlisle Barracks who work each day supporting the programs, tenants, employees, retirees, and servicemembers and their families. Each week we’ll highlight the people working hard behind the scenes to help make Carlisle Barracks one of the best hometowns in the Army.

 

 

You may recognize the name Todd Wheeler for a number of reasons – in addition to being a key player in the Installation Operations Center, he also keeps an eye on the sky, sending out the daily weather outlook for the area, helping leaders make informed decisions.

Wheeler, a 2012 graduate of the Army War College and Bloserville, Pa native, brings a wealth of experience from more than 21 years in the Army and three years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Training Center.

“My time at FEMA helped provide an understanding of the science and art of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS),” he said. “Army doctrine mandates we use both for exercise and response to emergency events with our Garrisons. ICS is also a great tool to use for planned events like Oktoberfest where many partners are involved in the support team with one common purpose and objectives.”

Wheeler has worked in a variety of assignments at Carlisle Barracks, having served in military and civilian positions at the Center for Strategic Leadership, the International Fellows Office, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and Protocol. He returned to the post in 2015 to assume his current position as the DPTMS IOC Chief.

Wheeler holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University from 1986, a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University from 1998, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College from 2012, and in 2017 joined his Cohort in pursuit of a PhD in Administration and Leadership with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 He said what makes Carlisle Barracks special is the people.

“Being a part of the Army team and working with great teammates in DPTMS is the best part of my job,” he said.