Persistence key to success
December 10, 2009
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Rosenberry
171st Infantry Brigade
Specialty / Job title
G3 operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge/63B, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic
Years in service
Married, three children
Mixed martial arts, acoustic guitar
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Rosenberry has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to developing leadership in the Army.
"For the Army to be stronger, we have to have strong leadership," he said.
Rosenberry's ideas about leadership have developed throughout his 15 years in the Army, which includes deployments to Iraq and Bosnia. In addition to Fort Jackson, he has served at Fort Hood, Texas; Harvey Barracks, Germany; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Camp Howze, Korea; Fort Riley, Kan. and Fort Campbell, Ky.
Rosenberry said his most memorable experience in the Army has been dealing with Soldiers in a training environment at the 187th Ordnance Battalion and preparing them for their first duty assignment.
He said the time spent training Soldiers is something NCOs can look back on as a significant time in his or her life.
"You hope that you've prepared them well enough for their first duty station."
Rosenberry said he met many NCOs who have influenced his own leadership style, but none more than Sgt. Major Karl Schmitt, currently the command sergeant major for the 171st.
Rosenberry first met Schmitt when Schmitt was the battalion sergeant major for the 187th.
"He had an in-your-face style of leading," Rosenberry said. "He was hard, but he was fair."
Rosenberry has ambitions to become a command sergeant major himself.
"It's the highest position of respect in the enlisted ranks and you're still training Soldiers," he said. "You have the opportunity to train NCOs."
Rosenberry said he advises junior enlisted Soldiers to work hard and do the right things.
"Always do the hard right over the easy wrong," he said. "Persistency pays off."