Posted on Apr 29, 2018
COL Strategic Plans Chief
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So, despite my best attempts to submarine my career by being unusually candid and using colorful speech in public, I have been selected to command a brigade. I haven't received a letter telling me that they made a horrible mistake yet (which should be coming in the mail any day now), so I want to know what NCO's and junior officers are looking for. What do you expect? What are the things that "The Old Man," just doesn't understand?
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Resource us for the mission. Support bold and innovative actions. Do not micro manage. Give clear intent in a timely fashion, then get out of the way.
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MSG Louis Alexander
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Words of wisdom Colonel
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MAJ A Co S G6
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I wish I could up-vote this comment more than once.
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Thanks
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I'll do my best SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas. If things get to fighting in the Sinai, we've got some big problems. Hoping that I will get some comments from some of the junior folks that, "us old guys," can't relate to. ;)
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MSgt Dave Hoffman
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Be a "WE" leader. Tell your Brigade WE are going to...
When your troops are in the right, back them 100%, even, if necessary against higher authority.
When your troops are wrong, be firm, fair, and even-handed in your punishment.
Back the families. Let the wife/husband of your troops know that you are concerned about the whole soldier. (But help them to understand that the mission MUST come first.)
DO NOT institute an "open door" policy as such. Get out of HQ and visit them, on a routine basis.
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