Posted on Jan 14, 2014
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MSG Brad Sand
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Edited 7 y ago
Some are, some are not. A chain of command is a group of people, with their own needs and desires. In my opinion, the good ones are pro family, but in the end, there comes a point where mission trumps everything and normally that means the family has to suck it up.
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MSG Brad Sand
MSG Brad Sand
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SSG James Palmer

What did I do to offend you? :) I was told that more than once, but had just as many wondering how I ever made E-8...E-7? I was in the wrong Chapter and my family had already done enough...long story and do not want anyone to cry.
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MSG Brad Sand
MSG Brad Sand
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SSG James Palmer

Really? I didn't catch that? :) No, I caught it and thank you for the compliment. Of course, every CSM/SGM reading your post is throwing up in their mouth?
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CSM Michael Lynch
CSM Michael Lynch
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MSG Brad Sand, you are right but those that really were pro family and it came time to "suck it up for the mission" they understood and could handle it and those not pro family, it just became one more of the reasons....
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MSG Brad Sand
MSG Brad Sand
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Very trus CSM Michael Lynch

SSG James Palmer can owe you some mouth wash for the other comments. :)
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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As long as you remember you're married to the army first
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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If you are referring to the old mantra of "mission first, people always", its a tough call. I always tried to err on the side of family, and many of my colleagues - superiors and subordinates tried to do the same to create a comfortable command climate. By this I mean, unless we were doing a range qual or other annual type of event or training, letting the SM make up a UTA/MUTA for "less than substantial" reasons or time request. From my NG perspective, after 9/11 when OPTEMPO, training cycles, requirements, manning, deployments and pretty much the entire play book was re-written, "mission first" had to take priority. Family as a - and I use this term ever so delicately because I have one too - "distractor" for missing drills, training, alerts and deployments,, even with timely notification, really became a no-go at this station. Buy the time I retired I think things were loosening up a bit but not yet to the point where they were before 9/11.
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