Posted on Aug 25, 2020
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I feel this topic will provide a valuable look for those of us starting as new NCO’s and Officers to have a sense of what seniors military personnel like to see as well as dislike.
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Document EVERYTHING. If it's not in writing, it never happened. Good, bad or indifferent. On more than one occasion I've saved my bacon because I held onto an email. "I never told you to do that".... Well here's an email you sent me 6 weeks ago directing me to do exactly that....
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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LTC (Join to see) LTC Stephen C. Colonel Curlee undoubtedly has paper copies of everything going back to his initial enlistment in 1969.
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CSM Charles Hayden - I have a copy of my enlistment contract from 1984.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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LTC (Join to see) Are you related to LTC Curlee? Have you see his profile page on TWS?
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CSM Charles Hayden - not that I know of but I come from a very very large family. I had 49 first cousins on my father's side and all 4 of my grandparents had at least 11 siblings, so I'm related in one way or another to almost everybody in the state of Alabama. LOL
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MAJ Byron O.
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You have two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as you talk.
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1SG Electrical Systems Planner Scheduler   Water/Wastewater Utility
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Never cease to be a hands on Soldier. Go out and do the work with them. No, you cant always be at everything, and I am not gonna go police up the trash with you around our area, but go out now and then. Go to the range no matter whats going on. Like range time is IMHO one of the most important training opportunities so BE THERE. Be at the unit APFT to help or grade. I had LTC's who wanted to grade or assist with the APFT. I admired that, I know they are busy but I liked it. Everyday go out and walk the floor, talk to all the Soldiers you can, I was THEIR 1SG, not the other way around. You want your Soldiers to keep you informed of how they are doing mentally, physically, family issues, well you have to know them and they have to feel they know you. And this doesn't stop when you are downrange, it increases.

I think most SNCO's will understand what I am saying.
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One of the 1SGs I most admired was out on the helicopter, helping out passing heavy tools and parts up to the top of the Chinook on his FIRST day at the unit. Also had a BN CDR appear on top of our Chinook when we were torquing the forward rotor head. He asked questions, watched what we were doing, and said he gained a better perspective of how we worked, and what we did. Good leaders.
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My 1SGT. At Fort Polk and I was putting out C-Wire by myself. Top comes up and gets into it without saying a word. Worked his ass off in that heat without comment. Entire time in the field he was out there getting his hands dirty. No end to the respect.

Also saw a warrant officer digging a hole with the enlisted. Why? Because he had the time and nothing to do at the moment. Speaking as a mere E4, I’ll say this. If a higher rank gets his hands dirty and shows that he is willing to do it, then I’ll work twice as hard not to let him down.
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