ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland -- Commanders and Command Sgt. Majors from 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) met at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD for the Commander's Conference here Oct. 14-16 to discuss relevant issues in the command.
Brig. Gen. William E. King IV, commander, 20th CBRNE Command, stressed to the command teams during his opening remarks that his first priority is leader development and developing leaders for the next echelon.
An example he used was discussing the management of captains.
"After more than 18 months in Company Command, you are negatively impacting both the organization and the officer," said King. "As senior leaders we have to be cognizant of hurting that individual, not because you are wearing him out but because you are not allowing him to do other broadening assignments.
King wanted the commanders to understand the importance of properly focusing on leader development not only internally within the 20th CBRNE Command but externally as well.
"We have to ensure we have the right person, with the right skill set and the right experiences getting those key developmental opportunities. It is critical that we are constantly looking to the future and developing the next echelon of leaders."
King's final comments of the conference to the commanders and command sergeants major reinforced his priority on leader development.
"Leader development will have an enduring impact. We need leaders who think outside the box and who are adaptable and flexible. They need to have a solid understanding of tactical capabilities," he said.