Soldiers from around the National Capital Region attended the Company Commanders and First Sergeant Course (CCFSC), from 21-24 April, 2014. CCFSC was hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and was held at the National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair.

CCFSC introduces 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.

"This course helps provide commanders and team leaders to learn about how to command within the NCR," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn L. Jones, AAOG command sergeant major, who was a mentor during the course. "Units here can up scattered throughout the region, so the leadership mentality can be a lot more dynamic to elsewhere."

"This iteration of the course was different in one major way. Our daily class mentors included Colonels, Lt. Col.'s and Sergeant Majors from the Old Guard, Army Air Operations Group and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," said David Stone, one of the course organizers.

"These senior members contributed their great knowledge and seasoned experience throughout the week. We will continue to invite field grade officers and senior noncommissioned officers to participate as class mentors."

"As a mentor I can leverage my experience to teach these young leaders' nuances and new techniques that I have learned over my 27 years in the Army," said Jones. "I hope to show some of these Soldiers how to fail without being a failure."

Numerous topics were discussed during the four day course, to include, Civilian Management, Retention, and Army Transition policy.

"The course was a success. Forty-three new and prospective Company leaders were trained on 19 critical Army tasks and four MDW specific tasks," said Stone. "The objective of this course was to create an interactive class environment through use of case studies and vignettes and this objective was met."