I hope that everyone enjoyed this long weekend, and took the opportunity to reflect on the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership and inspiration. Remember, by living by our Army Values, you are also embodying Dr. King’s ideals and legacy.
I am looking forward to what 2016 holds for each of us and our Army, and I’d like to thank SGM Bishop for posting about the One Army School System to the page last week.
Personally, 2016 has already taken off full speed for me. Over the past two weeks, I have conducted a couple of interviews with the NCO Journal and Soldier Radio, attended the All American Bowl, briefed all of TRADOC’s foreign liaison officers on NCO 2020, traveled to Fort Sill for a unit visit, and headed up to D.C. to meet with the sergeant major of the Army and update him on the gains we have made with NCO 2020 and our big plans for this year.
So this maybe a longer entry than usual to catch everyone up!
For those not aware, the U.S. Army All American Bowl features 90 of the best high school football players annually in an East-vs.-West match up in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Along with the football players, high school musicians from around the country are also selected to perform during the halftime show.
I had the opportunity to attend the game and some of its pre-game events.
This photo of me and two Soldiers from different generations puts TRADOC’s role and scope into perspective. We are studying the lessons learned from our past, while improving the current force and developing adaptive leaders who will lead the future force to win in a complex environment. Events like the All-American Bowl help remind me to appreciate the greatness of our Army, and thank you for being a part of the current force that will help us obtain our goals for the future.
Talking to foreign liaison officers about NCO 2020
Last week, I gave a briefing about the NCO 2020 strategy to a group of foreign liaison officers that was my most enjoyable yet. These officers represent many of our allied and partner countries, and they had really great questions. The officers were really interested in learning about why we need to improve our leader development system, how the two new NCO courses will improve the corps, and how STEP – Select, Train, Educate, Promote – is helping professional military education.
It was great to have this professional discussion to inform and learn from one another. So now many are aware of the many changes we are planning to strengthen the backbone of our Army, and they will be watching to see how we build upon our education, experiences, and core competencies.
Taking pride in our community
Just this past Saturday, I joined the Fort Eustis SGT Audie Murphy Club with cleaning up the entrance gate to Fort Eustis. It was a great opportunity for me personally to hear from those NCOs who epitomize the character, competence and commitment we want in our NCO Corps.
In between raking and sweeping, I got several positive comments along with some suggestions on how to continue building on our initial success with improving NCO development. All the Soldiers and families were excited to hear that membership in both the SGT Audie Murphy and SGT Morales Clubs were going to be annotated on upcoming career maps to show their value to our Army.
I cannot think of better mentors for Soldiers than those who are active participants in these NCO organizations. If you are not a member of either, I challenge you to learn more about the process from your local chapters and become active members in our communities.
In closing, while at the Pentagon updating the SMA, I told him that the Digital Job Book is ready for release in a beta form in March 2016. The job book will be available for downloading on the Army Training Network, and I want to hear back from you on how it’s performing, needed improvements, and how you’ll use it with your Soldiers.
Don’t know much about the Job Book? Don’t worry, I plan to provide more info along with a couple of screen shots in an upcoming post.
As always, I want to hear from you, the future of our Army. I encourage you to add a comment below, and I invite you to participate in our first “State of NCO Development Town Hall” March 3. Here’s the link with more info: www.tradoc.army.mil/watch.
Victory Starts Here!
– CSM D