RDECOM command sergeant major lauds greening program
June 6, 2014
- "I tell all the senior leaders of the Army, 'I'm convinced now that I've been a part of RDECOM, not all of our Soldiers wear [Army Combat Uniforms]. We have Soldiers who wear civilian clothing.' "
- "The greening course provides an opportunity for our civilians to gain first-hand knowledge of how our Soldiers use the technology that RDECOM develops."
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 6, 2014) -- About 30 U.S. Army civilians are set to undertake a week-long course to better understand what it means to be a Soldier.
Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert Beharie said he has been impressed with the commitment of Army scientists and engineers during his two-and-a-half years as senior enlisted advisor of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.
"I tell all the senior leaders of the Army, 'I'm convinced now that I've been a part of RDECOM, not all of our Soldiers wear [Army Combat Uniforms]. We have Soldiers who wear civilian clothing,' " he said.
Beharie spoke June 5 during the greening-course kickoff. The group will train at Gunpowder Military Reservation and two APG locations -- Lauderick Creek Training Site and Aberdeen Test Center -- starting June 9 on tasks such as squad movement, land navigation, radio protocol and driving Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles.
RDECOM's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center organized the course for civilian employees from across APG.
Beharie said his first appreciation for the Army's scientific and engineering talent came on a 2012 trip to RDECOM's forward deployed prototype integration facility in Afghanistan. Soldiers and Army civilians worked side-by-side to develop rapid technological solutions in theater.
As he learned about the civilian workforce's contributions, he encouraged the group to understand Soldiers' duties and responsibilities.
"We want you to know about what we do -- a day in the life a Soldier. If you can appreciate what I go through every day, you can have a greater understanding when you're creating technology for me," Beharie said. "Interact with these [noncommissioned officers] and officers. Ask them questions."
RDECOM Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. William Cole said that RDECOM employees are uniquely positioned to find answers for Soldiers' needs.
"Because of programs like the greening course, deployments and regular interactions with Soldiers assigned to RDECOM, our civilian scientists and engineers have an excellent understanding of Soldiers' needs and requirements. The greening course provides an opportunity for our civilians to gain first-hand knowledge of how our Soldiers use the technology that RDECOM develops," Cole said.
Beharie told the group that commitment is what allows Soldiers to carry out their missions and come home safely.
"Thank you for what you do for our Soldiers who wear this uniform. Taking care of our mission and the welfare of our Soldiers is all we care about. When the commander-in-chief tells us to go, we salute the flag and go to protect our democracy and our Constitution," he said.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.