I didn't make it!
I 'm in the Red Forest and I need to talk to the Commander at the outpost about the situation at the Military Warehouse. There is a T intersection ahead of me that I need to get to, but before I do there is a change area arrow that jumps me across the intersection. Do I need to go back to Garbage and go north thru the warehouse area to get to him?
No you don't
You can ignore the guy altogether and get on with the story if you want.