SMA Chandler visits ‘TF Bronco’, answers questions

| June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III (left), gets escorted to the flight line at FOB Fenty, May 27, by Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano (right), senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, “TF Bronco," 25th ID.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III (left), gets escorted to the flight line at FOB Fenty, May 27, by Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano (right), senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, “TF Bronco," 25th ID.

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Spc. Hillary Rustine
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division 

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler III, the 14th sergeant major of the Army, visited Soldiers in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Bronco,” 25th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, here, May 27.

Chandler discussed a variety of subjects with TF Bronco Soldiers during a luncheon at the dining facility. Among the topics were diversity, uniforms and the new Army physical fitness training program.

Chandler spoke most aggressively about Army diversity.

“Look up your chain of command, and if you see someone who looks like you, then we have a diverse Army,” Chandler said. “We want to give everyone an opportunity to succeed.”

When Chandler discussed Army uniforms, he relayed a variety of changes Soldiers may see in Army uniforms in the upcoming year, including a change from the Army beret to the patrol cap.

Decisions must still be made, he said, but the SMA explained he was collecting Soldiers’ opinions on what would be preferred.

“This is your chance to interface with the most senior noncommissioned officer in the Army,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT. “Don’t be afraid to ask him questions and tell him what you think; that is what he is here for.”

Although Chandler gathered information on what uniform changes Soldiers would like to see, he also provided sound guidance.

“No matter what changes we make, it is your responsibility as (NCOs) to see the standard, know the standard and enforce the standard,” he said.

Chandler also spoke at length about the integration of the Army’s new physical fitness training program, as TF Bronco Soldiers expressed great interest in the topic.

Although the integration of the test may take time, Chandler said, the new physical fitness training routine will be taught at all NCO development courses, such as the Warrior Leader Course and the Advanced Leaders Course.

After the luncheon, Chandler presented coins to TF Bronco Soldiers who had been selected for recognition.

“It felt great to receive a coin from the sergeant major of the Army,” said Spc. Jessica Castellanos, signal support systems specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT. “I realized this was the highest coin I can get on the enlisted side of the Army, and that meant a lot.

“It was also an honor to be the only female Soldier who received a coin today,” Castellanos added.

After TF Bronco Soldiers said farewell to Chandler, they said the SMA’s words of wisdom and guidance will have a lasting impact on Soldiers and NCOs throughout the brigade.

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