Pacific USAR leaders gather at 9th MSC for Readiness Academy

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Maj. Ramzy Nefoussi (center), 9th MSC, provides guidance to the Soldiers responsible for managing the audiovisual presentations during the CTRA training event, Sept. 8-12.

Maj. Ramzy Nefoussi (center), 9th MSC, provides guidance to the Soldiers responsible for managing the audiovisual presentations during the CTRA training event, Sept. 8-12.

Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command

FORT SHAFTER — The leadership teams of about 50 Army Reserve units across the Pacific converged at the 9th Mission Support Command headquarters campus, here, to ensure their operational relevancy, Sept. 8-12.

“Our No. 1 goal is to become proficient at what we do, but above all, the most important thing for every unit is your command climate,” said Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, commander, 9th MSC, during a general session of the academy. “Everything you do in training your troops and improving readiness goes back to people.”

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

“My dad, as a football coach, would always say, ‘You can’t coach players. You can coach people,’” said Cardwell. “I ask you to, please, think about that every day.”

A team of 9th MSC Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention representatives presented a moving dramatization of a common off-duty setting in which an incident of sexual harassment could occur, and stayed in character for a question and answer session afterward, so leaders could explore what led or contributed to their hurtful and destructive behavior.

“My team is here to help you show your Soldiers what right looks like,” said Col. Raymond Loo, Inspector General, 9th MSC. “An open door policy has to be exercised. You can’t just simply keep your door open. You must get out and talk with your Soldiers, have a meal with them and get to know them.”

9th MSC primary and special staff sections shared helpful information with the leadership teams on training and readiness focus areas, and best practices and techniques critical to increasing overall unit readiness.

“Protect your time and hold your noncommissioned officers accountable as the unit’s primary trainers,” Master Sgt. Maurice Ford suggested, during a discussion on leaders’ endless efforts to ensure scheduled training is not cancelled or rescheduled.

“I don’t expect 100 percent perfection in your October training schedules, but I do expect 100 percent effort, because I want us to learn,” Cardwell said. “We’re going to retrain ourselves how to train.”

“We have so many more capabilities than just issuing personnel security clearances,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Townley, senior intelligence analyst, 9th MSC, speaking of what the intelligence team can do to help command teams improve unit readiness.

“The G2 (intelligence) can help you as commanders to identify the security requirements of your wartime mission and help you train for those requirements,” Cardwell said.

There are so many opportunities out there for the 9th MSC, as it looks at how to best posture itself to be relevant in the Pacific, said Col. Derek Remington, 9th MSC plans officer.

“For example, we are assisting in coordination with various other organizations on the island to develop rapid mobilization teams,” explained Remington.

“Many of our operational plans have been verbal in the past, so I’ve asked the G5 (plans) to help me get them on paper, so you have documentation of why you exist, so you as command teams can defend your purpose and plan your training accordingly,” Cardwell said. “By having a plans cell, we can look further down the road to more closely influence what we do, where we go and how we operate.”


Commanders Training and Readiness Academy

The academy is designed to expose USAR leaders to best practices and critical techniques to intensify focus on operational priorities, including personnel readiness, unit readiness and leader development.

Aimed to improve mission capability and readiness, as well as overall command cohesiveness, topics included four top priorities for the command teams:

•Health of the force,

•Manning the force,

•Training the force and

•The Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.

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