598th Transportation Brigade Hosts Readiness Day

By Sgt. 1st Class Blade DeLaRosa Diaz, 598th Transportation BrigadeApril 26, 2023

Col. Robert L. Kellam, commander of the 598th Transportation Brigade, in Sembach, Germany, hosted a preholiday brigade readiness day for Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and host-nation local nationals.

The goal was to reinforce a culture of prevention, trust, dignity and respect while connecting members through educational and engaging training. The readiness day is part of the command team’s ongoing efforts to help our members to evolve into the next level of cohesiveness.

Kellam and Command Sgt. Maj. AnDante’ Williams strongly believe in effective communication, working together, conflict resolutions, dignity and respect, and the SHARP program, so they teamed up with subject matter experts to bring the most innovative information to the team. Staff Sgt. Marquise Miller and Staff Sgt. Audrey Rivera started the day with a SHARP physical readiness training session, followed by a SHARP leaders breakfast.

Kellam introduced his philosophy on the importance of dignity and respect and also addressed concerns that were identified during a Defense Organizational Climate Survey.

Presenters were Ronald Gonzalez and Leah Holly, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Equal Employment Opportunity representatives; James Honeycutt and Candace Shepherd, Rheinland Pfalz Army Substance Abuse Program; and Cherisse Staten, sexual assault response coordinator at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

They shared their approaches to ethical leadership, equality and inclusion, and responsible drinking, and explained how to build effective professional and personal relationships. Using their unique style, they engaged the audience in healthy discussions and showed members various strategies to stay connected with, and protect, one another.

Further, they challenged leaders to connect better with subordinates to identify risk and protective factors within the formation.