Essay about Command Of The 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team

1540 Words Oct 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Assuming command of the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) is an honor and a privilege. It is truly a humbling opportunity to be selected to command an exceptional unit with a storied history of mission readiness and success. The past few weeks of observing the unit, in addition to, careful analysis of more recent historical documents from Army research organizations such as the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) and Center for Army Leadership (CAL) have provided necessary insight in understanding the unit’s current state of readiness, culture, and organizational structure. However, derived from this insight, it is supposed that the 4th ABCT’s current operating conditions contain numerous culture gaps and friction points between the brigade and subordinate units, specifically linked to an unidentified organizational plan pertaining to the upcoming regionally aligned forces (RAF) mission supporting U.S. Army Africa (USARAF). The 4th ABCT lacks the necessary focus and direction required to adequately provide an atmosphere of predictability for subordinate units, leading to diminishing levels of unit commitment to standards in the areas of leader development and unit readiness.
Critical Leadership Problems With a cursory assessment being conducted through observations and limited interactions with personnel ranging from brigade primary staff through company grade leaders, there are three critical leadership problems that seem to be a trend across the brigade.…

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