News: USARPAC command sergeant major addresses USARAK noncommissioned officers
Story by Sgt. Sean Callahan
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - “Do our Soldiers have our trust? Do your Soldiers have your trust?” asked Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, U.S. Army Pacific senior enlisted adviser, during a recent Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development session at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Aug. 23.
Leota made his objectives clear from the start: relay information from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and address issues pertaining to enlisted Soldiers, such as career progression, standards, sexual assault and the future of the Army as a whole.
Leota discussed upcoming drastic changes for the Army. He explained that noncommissioned officers need to aim for positions that allow them to give back to the Army, like recruiting or drill sergeant duty, in order to advance in their careers.
Leota also told noncommissioned officers they need to be flexible and willing to go where the Army needs them, when they need them. He said, if Soldiers want to stay Army they must set themselves apart, continuing to strive for the next level.
Leota then spoke about the importance of the Warrior Transition Unit and the Sposnsorship Program, saying that noncommissioned officers understand the systems, but might not know the process.
Leota reminded noncommissioned officers that as leaders, they must maintain the highest standards within the ranks, creating a strong team built on trust. Leota then moved on to the topic of physical fitness stating that noncommissioned officers owe the Army physically-fit Soldiers.
“Do your Soldiers reflect you?” Leota asked. “If I look at you and look at your Soldiers are they going to [meet the standard]?”
Leota concluded his talk with the topic of sexual assault stating that “We cannot afford to lose the trust of the people. If we lose their trust we’ve lost our profession, we’ve lost our honor.”
U.S. Army Pacific expects everyone in the Pacific region to engage in establishing an environment of dignity and respect, where sexual assault is not tolerated, condoned or ignored, and where there is clear accountability placed on all leaders at every level. We take care of our people on the battlefield better than anyone else and we are committed to extending that same ethos of care to supporting victims and combating sexual assault within our ranks.