• Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general speaks with a group of Soldiers during the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair, 18 October.

    Soldiers learn leadership skills at Fort McNair

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general speaks with a group of Soldiers during the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair, 18 October.

  • Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general (fourth from left next to wall) speaks with a group of Soldiers during the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair, 18 October.

    Soldiers learn leadership skills at Fort McNair

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general (fourth from left next to wall) speaks with a group of Soldiers during the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair, 18 October.

Army leaders gained valuable skills during the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair from Oct. 15 - 18.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) provides the course to introduce 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.

"I think that leadership at the company level is the single most important level of leadership in our Army," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, MDW commanding general. "Company commanders and first sergeants lead 'where rubber meets the road'--they really make things happen. We owe them all that we can possibly do to prepare them to excel in these critical roles. It's important for their development, but also important for our mission accomplishment.

Topics of discussion included medical readiness, army transition policy, and a team building exercise as well as modules on civilian management, sexual harassment and suicide prevention.

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.

Soldiers from the Air Operations Group, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), The U.S. Army Band and MDW staff attended the course.

"MDW must continue to hold this course in the NCR since it is fully synchronized with Army standards, but also provides specific instruction for Officers and NCOs ready to assume command in the NCR," said David Stone, one of the course organizers. "Subject matter experts come to Fort McNair from Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to explain how working in the NCR is different than working anywhere else.

For more information about the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and the Company Commander/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course please visit the related links.

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