Training, Communication Critical to Building Teams

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Training, Communication Critical to Building Teams

Training repetition, physical and mental fitness, and engaged communication with leadership are all key aspects of building readiness and cohesive teams throughout the Army, according to a panel of senior NCOs.

“The Army exists to fight and win our nation’s wars. You have to be an expert at your craft,” whether you’re an infantryman, armor soldier, human resources specialist or any other MOS, said Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, senior enlisted leader for Army Forces Command.

Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

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Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

The winners of the Army’s 20th annual Best Warrior Competition were announced Oct. 11 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The Soldier of the Year is Spc. Justin Earnhart of Army Futures Command, and the NCO of the Year is Sgt. Adam Krauland from U.S. Army Pacific.

“Our Army has gone through so much in the last 18 months. I am so proud to be standing with you today,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, who oversaw the competition.

Soldier-Athletes Shine at Tokyo Paralympics

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Soldier-Athletes Shine at Tokyo Paralympics

From retired Maj. Shawn Morelli’s first medal for Team USA in track cycling to Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks’ record-breaking gold medal performance, soldier-athletes shone at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Three active-duty soldiers and at least 16 veterans from across the services represented Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which concluded Sept. 5.

In total, Team USA’s active-duty or former service members brought home nine medals.

Army Expands NCO Talent Management Programs

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Army Expands NCO Talent Management Programs

The Army is pushing forward several NCO talent management initiatives aimed at overhauling the way enlisted leaders are promoted and assigned and giving soldiers new options as they progress in their careers.

Bolstered by the success of new officer promotion and assignment programs launched early last year, the Army is advancing three new programs that focus on leadership positions for senior NCOs.

Webinar to Discuss Enlisted Talent Management

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Webinar to Discuss Enlisted Talent Management

Two members of the Army Talent Management Task Force will discuss new programs for enlisted soldiers during a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Maj. Jed Hudson and Sgt. Maj. Robert Haynie will speak Feb. 24 during The AUSA Noon Report.

The event begins at noon Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

SMA Continues Effort to Build Strong Junior Leaders

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SMA Continues Effort to Build Strong Junior Leaders

The Army is working to give junior leaders more time so they can focus on getting to know their soldiers and building disciplined, fit and proficient teams, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said.

“This has got all of our attention,” he said. “In order to be able to know everybody in your squad, I’ve got to give you time to know your soldiers.”

Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

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Army Names Soldier, NCO of the Year

A soldier representing Army Futures Command and an NCO from Army Special Operations Command have been named the winners of the 19th annual Best Warrior Competition.

The 2020 Soldier of the Year is Sgt. James Akinola, a combat medic assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Berger, who is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.

SMA, Squad Leaders Participate in Webinar on Race

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SMA, Squad Leaders Participate in Webinar on Race

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston and a handful of squad leaders will participate in an Aug. 31 Association of the U.S. Army webinar on racial issues and diversity in the force.

The session, part of The AUSA Noon Report series, will be the third installment in an ongoing AUSA-hosted discussion on race.

New Test Measures Soldiers’ Suitability for In-Demand Jobs

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New Test Measures Soldiers’ Suitability for In-Demand Jobs

The Army is developing a test that will better assess a soldier’s skills and abilities and help leaders put the right person in the right job, the senior enlisted soldier for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command said.

The effort, which is part of the service’s ongoing talent management initiative, would help the Army determine which soldiers are best suited for in-demand jobs such as recruiter, drill sergeant and observer coach/trainer, Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden said during a panel discussion at the recent Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

SMA Emphasizes Team, Fundamentals at AUSA 2019

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SMA Emphasizes Team, Fundamentals at AUSA 2019

From fitness and nutrition to mastering the fundamentals, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston wants to empower noncommissioned officers to take care of their soldiers and build cohesive teams.

In remarks Oct. 14 during a forum at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Grinston called on the audience, many of them NCOs, to focus on an initiative he calls "This is My Squad."

“This is my squad, I don’t let anything happen to my squad,” Grinston said. “It shows ownership, something you’re proud of. This is going to be the driving force.”