I Corps hosts commander’s conference for Pacific area

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, center, I Corps commanding general, talks about how the I Corps will continue to train and stay mission capable during budget restrictions at a commander’s conference on Joint Base Lewis-McChord March 6. (Photo by Spc. Erik Warren, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Leaders share their perspectives on issues

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Spc. Erik Warren
5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — I Corps hosted a gathering of leaders from across the Pacific theater, March 6 and 7. for a commander’s conference at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, I Corps command sergeant major, brought command teams together — some from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii — for the two-day event, where Volesky and Tagalicud received updates on the state of readiness across I Corps.

Commanders from across I Corps gave an update on their current and future training plans and lessons learned through the conference, which served as a semiannual training brief, highlighting how each unit leverages its training to build and sustain readiness.

Command teams also identified challenges, solutions and resource requirements for the remaining fiscal year.

In return, Volesky talked about his vision for the future of I Corps and how its Soldiers will continue to improve.

The command team of 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Brig. Gen. James S. Moore and Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela K. Williams, brief their unit mission readiness to Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general I Corps, and all attending members of the Commanders Conference on March 6 inside the Mission Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (Photo by Spc. Erik Warren, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

“We need to build the foundation of readiness by focusing on the fundamentals and empowering subordinates to motivate and lead their Soldiers,” Volesky said. “Mastering these skills will enable us to build combat readiness and be recognized as the military force of choice in the Pacific.”

An important topic was “America’s Big Six,” a list of things Volesky considers important, including war tasks and battle drills, physical fitness, maintenance, marksmanship, medical training and mission command.

“By using these guided principals, our Soldiers and leaders will be better prepared as it relates to readiness and the ability to deploy, fight, sustain and win,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela Williams, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command’s senior enlisted adviser. “I am grateful for the ability to hear from other leaders across I Corps and get ideas on how we can better our organization with available resources and through innovation.”

Attendance was not limited to command teams. Other attendees served on unit staffs across I Corps and used the event as an opportunity to hear directly from leadership across the Pacific area of operations.

“As a young staff officer, this is a tremendous opportunity to hear command guidance from the uppermost echelons,” said Maj. Matthew Weisner, 25th Infantry Division training officer, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. “Being able to hear colonel-level briefings allows me to learn from all the brigades across the corps and take those lessons back to my division.

“I can take the commander’s intent from this room, the highest gathering of rank in corps, and give them to the lowest levels and ensure the Soldiers and noncommissioned officers are executing General Volesky’s intent.”

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