WIESBADEN, Germany – Senior NCOs from across Europe gathered for the Senior Enlisted Leader Forum March 3-4 at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. The enlisted leaders were already in Ansbach supporting the Soldiers and junior NCOs from their respective garrisons who were competing that week in the Installation Management Command-Europe Best Warrior Competition.
Led by IMCOM-Europe Command Sgt. Maj. Samara Pitre, the forum is held twice a year – in spring in conjunction with the BWC, and again in the fall – to provide an opportunity for senior NCOs to gather and to participate in leader development.
“The forum is to ensure the leaders who are in these positions understand what they need to know for themselves and their own career,” Pitre said. “But it’s also for them to understand and know what’s going on in the Army so they can better lead their Soldiers as well.”
During this session, the NCOs heard from representatives from the Human Resource Command, U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Abernathy, and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Ulloth. Those from the states joined the forum virtually.
Four of the NCOs, who were chosen to head to the Sergeants Major Academy this year, learned more about the opportunity and assignments they may head to after graduation. For those who have yet to be selected, it gave them an opportunity to see what’s to come, Pitre said.
The leaders also discussed initiatives impacting their Soldiers and garrisons including the Army Barracks Management Program, changes to uniform regulation, and the NCO competencies.
USAG Ansbach Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Bohannon said he was proud to host the leaders for the forum and showcase the garrison team and its services throughout the week of the forum and Best Warrior Competition.
“The SELF was a great opportunity for the Garrison CSMs and senior NCOs from across IMCOM-E's seven garrisons to come together for a few days and refresh ourselves on valuable institutional knowledge that we can go back and share with our formations,” he said.