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Soldiers at the National Guard Readiness Center Learn More about the Army Profession

SMA Raymond Chandler recently visited with enlisted Soldiers assigned to the Army National Guard Readiness Center and surrounding installations in Arlington, VA. Addressing the noncommissioned officers, he spoke about the Army Profession touching on the Competence, Character, and Commitment of Army Professionals, and the essential Trust - the bedrock of the Army Profession - among Soldiers, Army Civilians, Army Families, and the American people.

"You and I have a shared set of values," SMA Raymond Chandler said. "The Army Values are what binds us together. A Warrior Ethos is what binds us together. It doesn't matter what component we're in. What matters is we all have a common sense of beliefs and values."

Read the full story SMA addresses National Guard troops, discusses Army Profession

New Video Case Study - Army Civilian Corps: Serving as an Army Professional

Ms. Ellen Helmerson serves in the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for G1/4, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Fort Eustis, Virginia. She began her career as a summer hire clerk typist over 32 years ago. She is sharing her thoughts on the importance of Army Civilians in the Army Profession.

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Cadets Learn about the Army Profession

MG David Puster discussed the Army Profession and the Army Ethic during an open forum with ROTC Cadets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, KY. MG Puster discussed his history in the Army including all the lessons he has learned throughout his career.

"One of the things we are emphasizing in the Army right now is the three Cs: Character, Commitment, and Competency. Simply put, Character is the idea of doing the right thing, Commitment is doing your Duty, and Competency is being the best at all you do. This concept will help you develop yourself as a leader," MG Puster said.

Read the full article on DVIDS: Maj. Gen. Puster visits Cadet Summer Training Emphasizing the Army Profession and leadership development

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

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