Over a hundred captains from across the Army met 9 - 11 July to take part in Solarium 2014. Seven teams each with about 15 members each discussed Army issues. Topics the groups focused on were talent management, vision and branding, culture, mission command and education and training.
The branding and vision team took the floor and discussed their approach. The group wanted to find a short, simple, and unifying slogan. "Consistency and simplicity are key to creating an effective message that will resonate," said Capt. Douglas Morton. "We came up with 'A Trusted Professional' or 'Trusted Professionals," he continued.
Meanwhile the Culture team was also discussing identity issues the Army is having. CPT Victoria Wynn took the floor with her team stating, "There's an absence of a strong, unifying Army identity, resulting in Army traditions losing significance and a decrease in esprit de corps." "We love our Army traditions and our proud history, but we see from our level that our Army identity is not as strong as it could be," she continued. CPT Wynn went on to discuss how there is often more pride at the unit level and that if that success could be transferred to the Army level the how service would benefit.
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