Contributions Of Legacy Leaders In Today's Young Army

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There are so many outstanding Leaders in today’s Military. Leaders who are influencing and shaping today’s young Soldiers. When I first got this assignment, I had no idea who I felt and identified as a Legacy Leader to me. Webster’s defines Legacy as something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. The Army defines a leader as anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate soldiers both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.

With that said I started to think about all the Noncommissioned Officers (NCO’s)
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Williams (Retired). To me his most notable contributions to leader development were signified during his time as the Command Sergeant Major of Army Training and Doctrine Command. Even though he mentored many other NCOs and soldiers before me, there was a vast amount of knowledge that could be learned from him. He devoted himself to being the best trained and educated Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer, which helped to motivate him in developing other Noncommissioned Officers to be the best they could be.

The first time I met CSM Williams was when I was part of the TRADOC Honor guard and Salute Battery Team on Fort Monroe parade field. While we were practicing for a retirement ceremony, he felt the need to give us some firsthand mentorship on how to properly stand and move with 155mm blank rounds without causing undo injuring to yourself or others. I must say the Drill and Ceremony movements we had been using were very effective but after CSM Williams actually took
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Army Sergeants Major Academy and as the Command Sergeant Major of TRADOC. While assigned to the Academy, he led the charge in the redesign of the Spouse Leadership Course that prepares spouses for their roles as future Command Sergeant Major spouses. CSM Williams was also instrumental in the redesign of the Sergeants Major Course, again ensuring that the task being taught were relevant and properly prepared Master Sergeants and Sergeants Major for future assignments of increased responsibility. As the TRADOC CSM he chaired the NCOES Study Group at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with the task of total redesign of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. This included removing all technical tasks from the Senior Leaders Course and moving them to the Advanced Leaders

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