By Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support CommandSeptember 19, 2013
The leadership teams of about 50 Army Reserve units across the Pacific converged at their 9th Mission Support Command headquarters here to learn and build camaraderie, Sep. 4-6.
The Soldiers attended briefings and classes and participated in workshops and team building exercises on the 9th MSC campus and at Schofield Barracks during the Commanders Training and Readiness Academy designed to provide command teams with pertinent information and awareness of processes to intensify focus on operational priorities including Personnel Readiness, Unit Readiness, and Leader Development.
"We have a great reputation throughout the Pacific," said Brig. Gen. John Cardwell, Commander of the 9th Mission Support Command, during his address at the conclusion of the conference. "We need to work to maintain that reputation, and the way is simple - get back to the basics."
Cardwell identified four basic priorities for command teams to focus on: the health of the force, manning the force, training the force, and the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program.
"On manning the force, keep a balanced focus on retention, readiness and growing your formations," Cardwell said. On training the force, he encouraged leaders to embrace the mindset of training their formations from within instead of relying solely on outside training. "Company commanders, I am asking for your help on SHARP issues. Do the right thing. Allowing minor infractions only leads to major issues. If you notice something wrong, have the courage to say something."
The commanders and command sergeants major participated in team building exercises to foster professional relationships among the command teams from Alaska, Guam, Saipan, Korea, American Samoa, and Hawaii.
Part of the training event was conducted at the Mission Training Complex at Schofield Barracks where the leaders engaged in the art and science of the Mission Command Warfighting Function by accurately replicating the complexities of the operational environment.
Soldiers of the 9th MSC Primary and Special Staff sections facilitated readiness stations in their respective areas, where they shared helpful information with the leadership teams on training and readiness focus areas and best practices and techniques critical to increasing overall unit readiness.
"More than 95% of all the great things that are accomplished in this command are done by you," Cardwell said to his unit command teams, "On the flip side of that, most of our issues are there also, which is why I look forward to command-wide events like this. If we can arm you with the tools and information, we can help you work through challenges and solve problems. So I need your feedback after these sessions."