Soldier Today


Thursday, May 17, 2018
From the SMA’s Leader Book

About my 15th or 16th year of service, that peculiar chemistry made up of training, experience and promotion began to have its effect, and I realized that I didn?t want to be anywhere else but the Army.
SMA William G. Bainbridge, USA Ret.

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Professional Development

Organizational leadership

Organizational leaders influence several hundred to several thousand people. Organizational leadership skills differ from direct leadership skills in degree, but not in kind. That is, the skill domains are the same, but organizational leaders must deal with more complexity, more people, greater uncertainty and a greater number of unintended consequences. They find themselves influencing people more through policy making and systems integration than through face-to-face contact. Organizational leaders include military leaders at the brigade through corps levels, and military and DA civilian leaders at directorate. Getting out of their offices and visiting the parts of their organizations where the work is done is especially important for organizational leaders. They must make time to get to the field to compare the reports their staff gives them with the actual conditions their people face and the perceptions of the organization and mission they hold. Because of their less-frequent presence among their soldiers and DA civilians, organizational leaders must use those visits to assess how well the commander?s intent is understood and to reinforce the organization?s priorities.



SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarship

Application period is now open

Each applicant for the SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarship must be an AUSA member or the dependent child of a member. For application instructions and requirements, click here https://scholarship.ausa.org/
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 31, 2018. If you have any questions, email CSM Troy Welch, USA Ret., at VanAutreve@ausa.org.


New Assignments

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army

Command Sergeant Major Jason Schmidt, Installation Management Command – Pacific, Fort Shafter, HI, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, Eighth Army, Camp Humphreys, Korea.
Command Sergeant Major Jill L. Crosby, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command G3 SGM, Ft Hood, Texas, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.


#TBT
Desert Storm victory parade

Soldiers in an M1A1 Abrams tank

In 1991, more than 8,000 troops marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., in a victory parade celebrating the end of the Persian Gulf War.
Click photo to watch parade.


Off Duty
Plan your summer vacation


Badlands National Park, SD

The Badlands are a wonderland of bizarre, colorful spires and pinnacles, massive buttes and deep gorges. Located in the midst of the Northern Great Plains and named Mako Sica by the Lakota people, the national park has 244,000 acres of spectacular landscapes, native mixed grass prairie, a large variety of native wildlife, amazing fossils and wonderful skyscapes. Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash). The park’s main visitor center, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, is open daily all year, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Click here for more information.


Health and Fitness

Secret No. 21 of 43 weekly secrets for great health

Avoid MSG: MSG is linked to numerous side effects, including skin rashes, numbness, nausea, heart palpitations, migraines and seizures. In his book Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, Dr. Russell Blaylock classifies MSG as an excitotoxin that stimulates the cells to the point of damage or death, potentially triggering or worsening conditions such as Alzheimer?s disease, Parkinson?s disease and learning disabilities. MSG can be found in numerous canned, frozen, processed and fast foods, among others. It also hides under many names and clever packaging techniques. A label that states ?No MSG added? does not mean that the ingredients used to create the item do not contain MSG, just that no additional quantity was used in the recipe, so be sure to check ingredient labels. Other additives that always contain MSG are textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, plant protein, oat flour and vegetable protein, sodium and calcium caseinate, and yeast extract.

Humor

A Marine and a Soldier are watching a TV show. The Soldier bets the Marine $10 that the man in the episode would jump off a bridge. As they watch the show, the man in the movie jumps off the bridge, and the Marine pays the Soldier $10. The Soldier feels guilty because she had already seen the episode, so she confesses to her Marine friend. The Marine says, “I’ve seen it too, but I didn’t think he would jump again.?

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