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Dignity or Disdain: How We Think About, Act Towards, and Develop New Soldiers

COL Bryan Hernandez, CDR 165th INF BDE, a Basic Training Brigade Commander recently wrote an article titled Dignity or Disdain: How We Think About, Act Towards, and Develop New Soldiers. In the article he describes a situation that unfolded in a mess hall:

A little while ago, I was sitting in a mess hall watching a new group of Soldiers in training and the events that unfolded as I sat there caused me to ponder if we are setting the correct conditions for new Soldiers to learn and develop due to the way we perceive them and the manner in which we act towards them in training.

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Trust is the Bedrock of our Profession

Last week more than 1,000 military officers graduated from the Command and General Staff College. John Richmeier wrote an article covering LTG Robert B. Brown's remarks during the graduation ceremony. LTG Robert B. Brown, commanding general of Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, discussed how no other profession relies on trust as much as the military and described "trust as the bedrock of [our] profession".

"You've got to be a leader of character and that requires trust," Brown said.

Read the full article CGSC honors more than 1,000 graduates

Soldiers Celebrate the 239th Army Birthday

COL Mike Tarsa, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, spoke to Soldiers during an Army birthday celebration June 12 about the theme for the 239th Army birthday saying, "This year's theme for the Army's Birthday is 'America's Army: Our Profession.' ... Three things define leaders across the Army. You have to be a person of character, you have to be competent, and you have to be committed".

COL Tarsa continued discussing the Army Profession and the Army Values finishing off by exclaiming, "Happy birthday to the Army. HOOAH!"

Read the full article by SGT Eric Glassey: Let them eat cake: Troops celebrate Army birthday

Celebrating the United States Army's 239th Birthday

Celebrating the United States Army's 239th Birthday

"America's Army: Our Profession"

Today the United States Army celebrates 239 years of dedicated service to our Nation. It is fitting that we pause to acknowledge the incredible competence, the enduring commitment and the extraordinary character of our Soldiers, Civilians, Veterans and their Families who have sacrificed so greatly in defense of American values.

Read the full tri-signed letter here: 2014 Army Birthday Tri-Signed

Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers

In the March-April 2014 edition of Military Review LTC David Cushen, LTC (Ret) Joseph Doty, Ph.D., and COL (Ret) Patrick Toffler wrote an article titled Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers.

The aim of the article "is to clarify what it means to be a leader of character and to recommend a holistic approach to developing such leaders in each of our [nation's] sources of commissioning". The article touches on many different topics including how leaders are "expect[ed] to be Trustworthy" and how "Trust is gained and sustained through the consistent demonstration of character, competence, and commitment".

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