Commentary

August 2, 2012

Lead 7 Sends

CSM Lance P. Lehr

Why do we serve? There are as many answers to that question as there are Soldiers. It is, and should be and honor to serve our nation and its people. Regardless of our reasons to serve, ultimately we do so to support and defend the ideals our country was founded on. It is up to us, those currently serving, to honor our service. What I mean by that is that we must honor our service by doing the right thing all the time. We must do the right thing when nobody is watching. Sometimes that’s hard. Sometimes we feel that it should not be up to us personally to right a wrong we see, or to do the right thing when we are alone. But in order to honor our service, to honor our country, and to honor our Soldiers – it is our obligation to do just that.

When was the last time you walked by a deficiency? What happened, and why did you pass the issue by? Do you know what happens when you walk by a correction without making it? You set a new standard. You set a lower standard. You didn’t honor our Soldiers by helping them meet the Army standard. Leaders and Soldiers must use self-discipline as the cornerstone of their lives. The example we set has second and third order effects that ripple through our post. When one senior NCO or Officer allows music playing at a ridiculous volume to continue – even though the opportunity to stop it is there, we then condone the activity as OK. The discipline to step in and make a correction, the courage to face down issues one by one, and person to person is the bedrock of our ability to Lead.

LEAD your Soldiers. That is an axiom that all Leaders can associate with. But we must first Lead ourselves. How do we do that? The answer is both simple, and concurrently complex. We use self-discipline to guide us, courage to support us, and honor to tie it together. The Army values must be practiced every day. A great place to start or hone your efforts is the Officer’s Creed, the Non-Commissioned Officers Creed, and the Soldiers Creed. All these documents provide an azimuth which can help guide us to this objective. If you want to Lead others in part by providing on-the-spot corrections as mentioned earlier, but are not sure how – see the documents that should guide behavior. The Officers Creed states; “By practicing physical and moral courage I will endeavor to inspire these qualities in others by my example.” The NCO Creed mirrors this by stating; “I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage.” And finally, the Soldiers Creed states; “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient.” A simple review of our creeds and living them day to day can provide the bedrock for our behavior and serve to help us honor our profession!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DSC_5534

NTC, Fort Irwin celebrates 240th Army birthday

National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, Pvt. Nathan Sotelo and Sgt. Maj. Stephen Young cut a cake during the 240th Army birthday celebration here, June 15. Sotelo represented the youngest Sol...
 
 
Photo by Leslie Ozawa

Escape to freedom as a teenager from communist Vietnam

Photo by Leslie Ozawa Lt. Col. Thomas Nguyen speaks about life under the communist regime after the collapse of the government of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975. At Fort Irwin’s Asian-American Pacific Island Heritage Celebra...
 
 

Love and resiliency

Relisa, Robyn and Col. Richard Wilson. “I love being with him.” Those were the genuine, expressive words of a young military family member here not shy about her feelings for her father. Robyn Wilson, 10, said those words about her dad, Col. Richard Wilson – who has been the chief of staff for the National...
 

 
ribbon-cutting

The Box debuts at Fort Irwin Resiliency Center

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, and staff of the new Resiliency Center and “The Box” perform a ribbon cutting, June 15. Walk into Fort Irwin’s recently made-over fitness center and you see clues about ...
 
 
SFCPrice_briefs_BGMartin_2

11th ACR field ammunition supply point opens

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Price (right) briefs National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin on a new field ammunition supply point of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, June 16. Price is non-commissio...
 
 
crew_brings_sign_down

New NTC, Fort Irwin signs installed on I-15

A crew from California Department of Transportation District 8 (San Bernardino and Riverside County) lifts a sign to be installed on Interstate 15 for the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, June 11. For the first time, th...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>