Pacific Army Reserve leaders converge on Oahu

| September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Commanders and command sergeants major of Army Reserve units in Alaska, Guam, Saipan, Korea, American Samoa and Hawaii compete in team-building exercises to improve communication skills, unit cohesion and camaraderie during the 9th MSC's Commanders Training and Readiness Academy. (Photo courtesy of 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Commanders and command sergeants major of Army Reserve units in Alaska, Guam, Saipan, Korea, American Samoa and Hawaii compete in team-building exercises to improve communication skills, unit cohesion and camaraderie during the 9th MSC’s Commanders Training and Readiness Academy. (Photo courtesy of 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Leadership teams of about 50 Army Reserve units from across the Pacific converged at 9th Mission Support Command headquarters, here, to learn and to build camaraderie, Sept. 4-6.

Soldiers attended briefings and classes, and participated in workshops and team building exercises, on the 9th MSC campus and at Schofield Barracks, during the Commanders Training and Readiness Academy.

The academy is designed to provide command teams with pertinent information and awareness of processes to intensify focus on operational priorities, including personnel and unit readiness and leader development.

“We have a great reputation throughout the Pacific,” said Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC. “We need to work to maintain that reputation, and the way is simple — get back to the basics.”

Cardwell identified four basic priorities for command teams’ focus:

•The health of the force,

•Manning the force,

•Training the force, and

•The Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program.

“On manning the force, keep a balanced focus on retention, readiness and growing your formations,” Cardwell said.

Cardwell encouraged leaders to embrace the mindset of training their formations from within, instead of relying solely on outside training.

“Company commanders, I am asking for your help on SHARP issues. Do the right thing,” said Cardwell. “Allowing minor infractions only leads to major issues. If you notice something wrong, have the courage to say something.”

Two 9th MSC Soldiers in a team building exercise.

Two 9th MSC Soldiers in a team building exercise.

Commanders and command sergeants major participated in team-building exercises to foster professional relationships among the command teams from Alaska, Guam, Saipan, Korea, American Samoa and Hawaii.

Part of the training event was conducted at the Mission Training Complex at Schofield Barracks, where the leaders engaged in the art and science of the Mission Command Warfighting Function by accurately replicating the complexities of the operational environment.

Soldiers of the 9th MSC primary and special staff sections facilitated readiness stations in their respective areas, where they shared helpful information with the leadership teams on training and readiness focus areas. Best practices and techniques critical to increasing overall unit readiness were also shared.

“More than 95 percent of all the great things that are accomplished in this command are done by you,” Cardwell said. “On the flip side of that, most of our issues are there also, which is why I look forward to command-wide events like this. If we can arm you with the tools and information, we can help you work through challenges and solve problems, so I need your feedback after these sessions.”

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