News: Blacksmiths enforcing and executing
FORT HOOD, Texas - The command sergeant major of the 215th Brigade Support Battalion Blacksmiths, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Command Sgt. Maj. Natividad Lopez Jr. conducts a Noncommissioned Officer Development Program at the Operation Iraqi Freedom Dining Facility Jan. 29, here.
This course is to help the noncommissioned officers obtain guidance and reflect on the information they receive from the most senior noncommissioned officer in the battalion. Lopez discussed the top priorities of Forces Command, the department of the Army top ten focus points, and changes in the Army as a whole.
Lopez also talked on the welfare of his soldiers in the Blacksmith Area of Operation.
One of the FORSCOM’s priorities discussed was the need to build and improve leaders. Supervisors are tasked to ensure that junior leaders attend professional development courses and mentor and guide them on the path to being a noncommissioned officer.
“It’s extremely important for junior and senior leaders to go to schools and courses because it’s a career change for them,” said Staff Sgt. Vanessa Escelara, the battalion schools noncommissioned officer in charge from Headquarters and Headquarters Company 215th BSB, 3rd BCT, 1st CD.
One of the major topics of the Department of the Army is preventing sexual assault. The Army has an obligation to safeguard America’s sons and daughters within its ranks.
“I believe that in order to keep our soldiers safe as well as ourselves we have to be proactive in changing our culture,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Lopez, a Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention representative from HHC 215th BSB.
Finally, Lopez discussed the welfare of the soldiers in the Blacksmith Battalion.
He announced that he wants a safe and peaceful environment for every soldier while their assigned to the Blacksmith Family
He emphasized that security of the barracks was critical and making sure that the noncommissioned officers are completing their tasking on their Charge of Quarters duties.
“It is good to have these tools to utilize and create a better army within our ranks,” said Staff Sgt. Augustin Pacheco of HHC 215th BSB.
All together the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Course reiterated to all of the 215th’s noncommissioned officers of their duties and responsibilities in enforcing the standards.
The 215th Brigade Support Battalion will have a better outlook on the Military from here on out with all the changes in the Military that are happening in and out of the Blacksmith Family.
“The NCOs know this is a bigger view and picture of the structure in tomorrow’s forces, in training and leading forces,” said Lopez.