Retired senior leaders inspire ‘Tropic Lightning’ comrades

| February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commander, 25th ID, presents retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army, with a gift from divison in the Main Post Chapel at Schofield Barracks, Feb 10.

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (left), commander, 25th ID, presents retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army, with a gift from divison in the Main Post Chapel at Schofield Barracks, Feb 10.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Jesus Aranda
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Officers and noncommissioned officers of the 25th Infantry Division gathered at the Main Post Chapel, here, Feb. 10, to get a few lessons from two special instructors.

Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army, and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Spencer, former command sergeant major of various special operations units, each led an officer and NCO professional development session for the 25th ID.

“(From) 1955-2012, every day of that, he has served his country — part of it in uniform and the other part as president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commander, 25 ID, during his introduction of Sullivan.

Sullivan spoke to an audience of junior and senior leaders within the division about his military service, life experiences and outlook on the military. Sullivan emphasized the importance of the human aspect of military service beyond technological advances and logistical superiority.

“Ultimately, it’s about people … not stuff, but people,” Sullivan said. “People with the courage to do what you do each and every day are what it’s all about.”

Sullivan recounted his time spent as the vice chief of staff of the Army and later as the 32nd chief of staff of the Army. He talked about the time of transition for the military following the Cold War.

Praising today’s Army for its resilience and adaptability to changing theaters and conflicts, Sullivan expressed pride in the leadership displayed by Soldiers at all levels, which allowed today’s Army to experience success during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

Spencer, a 32-year Army veteran, serves as the director of NCO and Enlisted Affairs for AUSA. He spoke with junior and senior NCOs during his visit about his time and experiences as a senior leader.

During his presentation, Spencer provided guidance and insight about where the Army has come from and where it will go in the future.

Following the presentations, both men were presented with several parting gifts on behalf of the Tropic Lightning Div.

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