The interviews weren’t part of your G4 support originally. How did it come about?
Matt: It’s incredible to look at where the magazine is today. General [Gustave F.] Perna really wanted to drive more targeted messaging to the sustainment community and the Army at large. Arpi and I took that to heart and developed the content strategy, conveying the key messages and contributions that senior leaders wanted to get across.
Looking back over four years of interviews, what stands out the most?
Matt: We always asked a leadership question at the end of each interview. I was fascinated by their perspectives on what effective leadership looks like. In this most recent issue, several leaders told us they had to delegate their authority to the lowest possible level to respond quickly and effectively to COVID-19. There was so much going on that had to be done immediately. The only way to do that successfully was to empower subordinates and utilize the Army’s full potential.
Arpi: Sitting down and hearing firsthand from senior leaders—what they’re doing in terms of readiness and operations and where they’re trying to take the Army in the future—was fascinating. It’s been quite an experience.