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Army Civilians Professional Development Program Breaks New Ground

Ellen Helmerson and Barbara Melton, who serve on the staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Human Capital Planner, report that TRADOC has established an Army Civilian professional development program at Fort Eustis, Virginia, that could be replicated across the Army.

The Civilian Professional Development (CPD) program was created to increase Army Civilians' knowledge of Army doctrine and initiatives while "encouraging excellence, professional development, and resiliency."

Helmerson and Melton say that one of the benefits of the program for Army Civilians is that it "delivers a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional and a member of the Army Profession, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of their work."

Read the full article: Professional development program breaks ground for Army civilians.

Perkins Asks Army Civilians to Solve the Big Problems

Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke to Army Civilians about TRADOC's role in the big picture during a professional development session Nov. 4 at Fort Eustis' Wylie Theater. Perkins wants Army Civilians to appreciate the importance of their support to the command and the Army.

"It's amazing when you stop and think that the Army is an organization of 1.2 million Soldiers with a multibillion-dollar budget that hires 10,000 new Soldiers every month, and gives 500 Soldiers a new job every day," said Gen. Perkins. "The Army gets things done because of people like you. We have a very dedicated workforce that has given a lot to our profession, and that makes us very unique."

Read the full article: Perkins to civilians: See the big picture, solve the big problems

Watch the video on TRADOC's YouTube Channel

Dailey to Become Next Sergeant Major of the Army

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey will become the Army's highest ranking enlisted Soldier in January of 2015. Sgt. Maj. Dailey is a combat veteran with five deployments to Iraq, including one deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm. Sgt. Maj. Dailey is currently the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

"Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey epitomizes the competence, character, and commitment we require of our Soldiers and leaders," said Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army. "I have every confidence in his ability as a visionary leader to help guide our Army through this time of great complexity and rapid change. He is a trusted Army Professional."

Read more: "Army's highest-ranking enlisted soldier to hail from Palmerton, Pennsylvania"

Joint Force Quarterly Interview with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

National Defense University (NDU) Press recently published an interview in Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ) conducted with Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. During the interview JFQ asked Gen. Odierno nine questions about the challenges currently facing today's Army after more than a decade of combat around the world.

In response to a question about social issues affecting the service Gen. Odierno spoke of the Army Profession symposium and discussed details about the Army Profession and the 3C's Character, Competence, and Commitment:

We also talk about three basic characteristics that we expect all our Soldiers to have: competence, commitment, and character. We expect our Soldiers to be competent, which is building expertise and constantly learning to improve that expertise. We expect commitment: commitment to your Soldiers, commitment to your unit, commitment to the mission, commitment to the institution. Most important is character. Character is what defines us. Character is about understanding the moral and ethical values that we represent, as well as the ethical dilemmas that we face throughout our careers. These dilemmas start out small and it's how we deal with them early on that sets our character and how we deal with difficult problems as we grow in responsibility. We are focused on ensuring that we emphasize competence, commitment, and character to the institution. This is ingrained in every one of our training programs. I recently attended a symposium of Army leaders that talked specifically about the profession and ethics. We're taking this discussion very seriously as we move forward.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

Read the full interview here: JFQ 75 | An Interview with Raymond T. Odierno

DOD Honors Army Civilians for Eliminating Syrian Chemical Weapons

Recently a group of 45 Army Civilians was honored for eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile. Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Alan Estevez presented 12 Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and 33 Superior Civilian Service Awards to members of the multi-agency team that completed the historic mission.

"Today's ceremony is an example of how science and technology, combined with a world-class workforce and the great teamwork of all you players out there, can deliver unique capabilities to our nation," said Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. "To me, it's another great example of rapid acquisition process to meet the operational needs of our nation."

Read the full story here: DOD honors Army civilians for eliminating Syrian chemical weapons

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