A family affair
January 15, 2013
Even as adults, many people are able to trace their values and inspiration back to their parents, and Capt. Wendy Stull, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, grew up watching her father live the Army values.
Stull assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, from Capt. Lincoln Kaffenberger, at McGill Training Center Jan. 11, with her father watching proudly.
Stull, a military intelligence officer who grew up as an Army brat, said she was happy that her father was able to attend the change of command. She and her two sisters all followed in their father's footsteps by joining the military. One was an Army nurse and one is currently a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps.
"My sisters and I grew up in a military environment, we saw the camaraderie and the opportunites available and the mindset of comraderie and dedication. That's what we were familiar and comfortable with."
Retired Col. Lynn B. Stull, currently a Defense Threat Reduction Agency Assistant Liaison Officer to USSOCOM, Contractor, Applied Technology Applications, LLC, served in the Army for over 30 years. He said the ceremony gave him a feeling of extreme pride.
Stull said she talks to her father frequently, picking his brain and talking command philosophy.
"My leadership style is very similar to my father's. We model interaction with people based on what we're taught by our parents. I think that shaped my priorities and people skills because that's what I saw on a daily basis," she said.
The elder Stull confirmed that his daughter's leadership style is similar to his own.
"I think she is similar, in that she listens to people that are working with her, she focuses on core issues, is a problem solver, and is proficient in her specialty area," he said. "A difference is she has much more patient than I am and tends to see the good in people and their strengths while I tend to see weaknesses in people."
Capt. Stull said she thinks its fun for her father to talk about work.
"One thing he ingrained in all of us was a strong sense of integrity, of doing the right thing regardless of difficulty or consequences."
The elder Stull hopes that Soldiers will absorb this lesson from their new commander.
"I hope the Soldiers in her command will learn to work cooperatively to achieve difficult goals and to capitalize on their strengths to help each other," Stull said.