MDW hosts Company Commander and First Sergeant Pre-Command Course
Lt. Col. (Chaplain) James D. Gray speaks to Soldiers during the Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course at the National Defense University, JBM-HH - Fort McNair, 11 July 2013.

The Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course took place at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair, from 9-12 July, 2013. The course introduces new and prospective company leaders to potential challenges of command, avenues and resources available to them, and area unique concerns within the National Capital Region.

"One of the most important things we do as leaders is leader development; this course is one venue in accomplishing that," said Command Sergeant Major David O. Turnbull, Command Sergeant Major for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW). "My advice, build and foster a strong positive command climate, and with that, all things are possible."

Topics of discussion included civilian management, sexual harassment and suicide prevention.

"Company commanders and first sergeants can set the environment to remain strong and resilient," said Lt. Col. (Chaplain) James D. Gray, who spoke about suicide prevention. "Chaplains are one resource a Soldier can use but not the only resource."

The course is a resident troop school and is conducted at more than 30 installations. It brings together company commanders and first sergeants from across the National Capital Region and provides them with knowledge in many key areas of command, resulting in effective leadership for the unit.

"The course went great; the smaller class size allowed instructors to deliver a more effective and efficient class," said David Stone, one of the course organizers. "These company commanders and first sergeants may have had the course in the past but many are new to the National Capital Region, so we focused on some unique aspects of the region during this course."

For more information about the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, National Defense University, and the U.S. Army Suicide Prevention Program and the Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course please visit the related links.

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