News: New commanders, first sergeants learn the ropes
Story by Spc. Andrew Ingram
FORT CARSON, Colo. – “Mountain Post” officers and senior non-commissioned officers participated in the Commander and First Sergeant Training Course at the Fort Carson Education Center, Feb. 27-March 2.
During the weeklong class, newly appointed company commanders and first sergeants, and company level leaders new to Fort Carson received briefings from post directorates; learned about Army programs and procedures; and toured Fort Carson training facilities.
Each class is designed to provide information to leaders to prepare them for the complex mission of leading a company, said David List, facilitator for the Commander and First Sergeant Training Course, Fort Carson Mission Support Element Training Office.
“This course is an orientation built for new first sergeants and commanders who are about to take command,” List said. “It gives them a briefing of all of the organizations on post that can help them during command. It entails just about everything a commander and first sergeant need to know to take care of soldiers on a day-to-day basis here on Fort Carson.”
Participating in the course gave many of the students a much-needed reminder of many of the tasks and procedures company leaders must be familiar with, said Capt. Aaron Williams, commander, Company B, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division.
“As a brand new company commander or first sergeant, you are learning a lot on the fly,” Williams said. “We may not learn everything we will need to know during this course, but we have learned where to get our questions answered.”
Even leaders with a long history at the Mountain Post could benefit from the course, said 1st Sgt. Douhnn Gbehan, Company K 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
“During the walking tour, I learned that many offices had changed location, and phone numbers change all the time, so it was very beneficial for me to take this course” said Gbehan, who has been stationed at Fort Carson since 2006.
On the final day of the course, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, commanding general and senior enlisted leader, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, presented the students with certificates of appreciation, and encouraged them to enjoy their time as company leaders.
“You are all at a great stage in your lives, because the best jobs in the Army are company commander and first sergeant,” Anderson said. “There is nothing more rewarding than being in command of Soldiers. The partnership between the commander and first sergeant is tremendously important – you are a team.”
Fort Carson is slated to begin its next Commander and First Sergeant Training Course, April 30.