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Resilience, Engaged Leadership, and the 3C's

SMA Raymond Chandler visited Fort Drum recently "to help shed some light on the future of the U.S. Army." With an expected drawdown to 450,000 Soldiers by the end of fiscal year 2017 SMA Chandler emphasized the importance of having a ready and resilient force. SMA Chandler believes that the key to resiliency is engaged leaders.

"There's a lot of things that engaged leadership means, but to me it means being present in your Soldiers' lives, whether they live in the barracks or off post," SMA Chandler said. "That takes a level of commitment, character and competence," SMA Chandler continued.

Read the full article by CPT Peter Smedberg: SMA: Engaged leadership key to resilient force

Using History to Prepare for Today's Challenges

Jonathan Koester of NCO Journal recently wrote an article about 2nd Infantry division titled "2nd Infantry Division NCOs use history's lessons to prepare for today's challenges". In the article Mr. Koester discusses the rich history of the 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.

Originally formed on October 26, 1917 in Bourmont, France the 2nd Infantry Division are the only U.S. Army division formed overseas. The 2nd infantry division has served in four different wars (and are still serving today in Korea) and has 38 Soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their actions in battle. Koester writes, "Those 38 heroic tales are told at the 2nd Infantry Division Museum at Camp Red Cloud, and those stories help inspire NCOs in their missions today."

Read more about the history of the 2nd infantry division: 2nd Infantry Division NCOs use history's lessons to prepare for today's challenges

Inaugural Army Profession Symposium

Inaugural Army Profession Symposium

The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) hosted the inaugural Army Profession Symposium at West Point, New York, July 30-31, 2014. The symposium's purpose was to develop a shared vision, reinforce guidance, and generate dialogue on "Living the Army Ethic." Attendees reviewed the Army Ethic White Paper; explored future ethical challenges to the Army Profession; and discussed the concept and strategy for Character Development.

The event was sponsored by the Commanding General (CG), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Invitees included senior Army leaders from all components.

The CSA's intent in establishing this symposium was to generate shared understanding of the central role of the Army Ethic in explaining, inspiring, and motivating why and how we serve. As the Army moves further into the 21st century, the Army is in a period of strategic transition which presents tremendous opportunities for the profession. The Army should be the nation's leading institution for human capital and ethical development. To be that leader, the Army must intensify its understanding of what it means for the Army to be a Profession.

View all the news and materials related to the Inaugural Army Profession Symposium

A Trusted Professional

Over a hundred captains from across the Army met 9 - 11 July to take part in Solarium 2014. Seven teams each with about 15 members each discussed Army issues. Topics the groups focused on were talent management, vision and branding, culture, mission command and education and training.

The branding and vision team took the floor and discussed their approach. The group wanted to find a short, simple, and unifying slogan. "Consistency and simplicity are key to creating an effective message that will resonate," said Capt. Douglas Morton. "We came up with 'A Trusted Professional' or 'Trusted Professionals," he continued.

Meanwhile the Culture team was also discussing identity issues the Army is having. CPT Victoria Wynn took the floor with her team stating, "There's an absence of a strong, unifying Army identity, resulting in Army traditions losing significance and a decrease in esprit de corps." "We love our Army traditions and our proud history, but we see from our level that our Army identity is not as strong as it could be," she continued. CPT Wynn went on to discuss how there is often more pride at the unit level and that if that success could be transferred to the Army level the how service would benefit.

Read about more suggestions made at the Solarium: Texting no substitute for face-time, captains tell CSA

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Do the Tough Right, and Not the Easy Wrong

Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno visited the ROTC Cadets at summer training and spoke for more than an hour to Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) Cadets last week. General Odierno stressed the importance of learning from your mistakes as a leader and doing what is right for your Soldiers in the long term.

"[General] Odierno said Cadets should not underestimate the importance of their training at LDAC, and he stressed competence, commitment and character as key components of officership."

Read the full article by Alex Mclaughlin: Army Chief of Staff visits ROTC Cadets at summer training

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