From the Command Sergeant Major

11/19/2019  |  By Command Sgt. Maj. R. Todd Priest 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Command Sergeant Major
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The band of excellence - The Army is a standards based performance oriented institution with 244 years of success on the battlefield. The Army established performance standards to successfully execute the task and collective mission. The band of excellence is about exceeding Army standards, elevating individual and collective performance to ensure our Soldiers are at their most lethal state at the line of departure (LD). The LD may be a forceful airborne operation into unknown location, the parade field at Fort Benning or squad live fire at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). We must stand ready – lethal!

The Army definition of leadership is the process of influencing others by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission while improving the organization. A key component of the leadership definition is “improving the organization.”

A winning culture enables the pursuit of excellence by empowering Soldiers and Department of Army Civilians to execute initiatives within the commanders’ intent at the point of impact. Winning cultures march forward with a positive mindset focused on how to improve organizational performance. Winning cultures embrace “evolution” as the Army implements new programs such as the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) with the purpose of increasing Soldier lethality.

The Army definition of leadership is the process of influencing others by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission while improving the organization. A key component of the leadership definition is “improving the organization.” The band of excellence involves continued and relentless pursuit of continuous improvement in the accomplishment of the mission.

I am extremely proud to be part of an organization in which the center of gravity revolves around the Non-Commissioned Officer ... our combat power is the Drill Sergeant, the epitome of the Non-Commissioned Officer, a symbol of professionalism and excellence! Drill Sergeants transform civilians into Soldiers with a laser focus on exceeding Army standards.

A Drill Sergeant serves in a position of special trust and authority (POSTA) and has the unique opportunity to develop and mold future Soldiers by setting the example of excellence. Drill Sergeants represent the highest of performance standards and set the foundation for future Soldiers. A new trainee will follow the Drill Sergeant’s lead of exceeding performance standards if they are demonstrated and articulated. If a Drill Sergeant focuses on the minimum standard, for example “trainee you better hit 23 targets to qualify or you will be recycled,’’ chances are the future Soldier will focus on 23 targets, the minimum standard. I would offer that is not operating in the band of excellence.

The band of excellence includes the leadership development programs such as Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions, as well as drill sergeant of the cycle and making the commandant’s list at NCOPDS and DSA. I am proud that the 108th Training Command (IET) enjoys an outstanding reputation of excellence and a winning culture within the Army.

In closing, I would like to thank each and every Soldier, Departure of the Army Civilian and Family member for what you do for the Army everyday as we build the most lethal force in history.

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First in Training – THIS WE’LL DEFEND

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