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18th Field Artillery Brigade Leaders Learn Army Profession Concepts

18th Field Artillery Brigade leaders attended a two-day Basic First Line Leaders Course (BFLLC) at Fort Bragg Feb. 9-10. The course uses resources available from the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) website. Soldiers engaged in discussion about Standards and Discipline, Trust, Military Expertise, Honorable Service and Stewardship using training support packages from CAPE's America's Army – Our Profession campaign. Brigade Chaplain Chuck Williams oversaw the two-day training.

"Through the course, we train first-line leaders in the principles of leadership and their place as leaders in the Army [P]rofession," said Williams. "It also gives them the tools they need as they endeavor to lead their Soldiers and the resources available at both the unit level and the installation."

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Unifying the Army's Components

After the National Commission on the Future of the Army released its "much-anticipated report" to the president and congress, David Barno and Nora Bensahel commented on the report in an article for "War on the Rocks." In the article, entitled, "Beyond the Army Commission: Unifying the Army's Components," Darno and Bensahel say that although the roughly 200-page report offers 63 recommendations that cover topics from manpower to firepower, the Army fell short in one vital area of the report: "concrete suggestions on how to integrate the active Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard into a truly unified force." Fortunately, the authors believe, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has made "mending rifts" among the components one of his highest priorities.

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Maj. Gen. Rainey speaks about Army Professional Certification Criteria to USMA Class of 2018

Maj. Gen. James Rainey, Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division, spoke to the United States Military Academy Class of 2018 at Washington Hall Feb. 6, 2016, as they celebrated the annual Yearling Winter Weekend at West Point. During his keynote speech at the banquet, Rainey spoke about the importance of the three Army professional certification criteria: Character, Competence, and Commitment

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Not in my Squad Workshop Conducted for 21st TSC Enlisted Leaders

Approximately 60 participants from across the 21st Theater Sustainment Command participated in a "Not in My Squad" (NIMS) workshop Jan. 27-29 at the Vogelweh Military Complex, facilitated by experts from the U.S. Army Research Institute and the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic.

The NIMS program, unveiled by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey during the 2015 Association of the United States Army professional development forum, was designed to empower junior leaders to take ownership of their squads.

"There have been a lot of candid and honest responses," said Donald R. Jackson of CAPE. "Soldiers really feel this gives them a venue to voice their opinions."

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The Long Green Line: Character, Competence, Commitment from Day 1

Capt. Logan Phillips, Commander of Delta Co, 35th EN BN, recently wrote an article for Army Engineer Magazine entitled "Joining the Long Green Line: One Station Unit Training."

The battalion "spearheaded an initiative to build the fundamentals of COMPETENCE, CHARACTER, and COMMITMENT in every soldier from Day One" in order to better align with the guidance from the June 2015 update to ADRP 1: The Army Profession.

Phillips says, "Our aim is to provide our great Army with the most competent and committed soldiers of character as we extend the Long Green Line."

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