|The Officer Development Program normally is taught by a
senior officer or a peer. Senior leadership of Task Force (TF) 1st,
182nd, which is at Fort McCoy preparing for deployment, decided to tap
into wealth of knowledge possessed by a panel of command sergeants
A panel comprised of command
sergeants major from the 1st, 182nd Task Force host a symposium
about the Officer Development Program.
(Photo by 1st Lt. Anthony Ashford)
The Oct. 11 symposium was hosted by Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Day (TF 1st,
The panel consisted of the following command sergeants major: Command
Sgt. Maj. Thomas Considine (197th Fire Brigades, New Hampshire National
Guard), Command Sgt. Maj. Jody Arrington (TF 1st, 119th Michigan
National Guard), and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanton Noyes (Camp Command Cell
Arifjan, New Hampshire National Guard).
Day started the symposium by identifying officer and noncommissioned
officer (NCO) relationships between platoon leaders and platoon
sergeants, staff officers and staff NCOs in charge, commanders and first
sergeants, and battalion commanders and command sergeants major. He then
laid the foundation of NCO business as it supports the officer’s
He stated that officers are responsible for everything, but NCOs conduct
the daily business of managing personnel, individual- and team training,
managing equipment, and enforcing standards.
Near the end of the panel, the junior officers asked the panel a variety
Questions from the officers included: What is the relationship between
the platoon leader and first sergeant?, What was the greatest mistake
you made with your lieutenant and what was your greatest success with
your lieutenant?, What do you, as a command sergeant major, expect from
a lieutenant?; How do I counsel a senior NCO who has 15 years in the
Army while I only have 15 months?; How much do I get involved?
The responses were profound. Panel members talked about trust and how
the officer/NCO relationship must be a “marriage,” with both parties
needing to build creditability with each other.
“If you are cleaner, more rested, and less hungry than your Soldiers
then that is your gauge to get more involved with training and
missions,” Day said.
The symposium was rewarding for the command sergeants major, as well as
the junior officers of Task Force 1st, 182nd, said Lt. Col. Leonard
Rusher, 1st, 182nd TF commander.
(Submitted by the 1st, 182nd Task Force.)