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Top Notch Builds Relationships, Leaders

Story by SSG Johnathan Hoover on 01/13/2018
By Staff Sgt. Johnathan Hoover
11th ADA BDE Public Affairs

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar The Top Notch 11th Air Defense Artillery "Imperial" Brigade is spread throughout five geographical locations, thousands of miles apart which presents a unique challenge to cohesion and communication.
In an effort to improve cohesion, relationships and provide professional development to the field grade officers, all majors throughout Top Notch were invited to take part in a Majors Forum.
"I think it was a great opportunity to bring together the air defense, specifically the field grade officers, to the Top Notch brigade headquarters so they can see for themselves how the brigade supports them and how important their mission is to the overall strategic mission here in theater," said Col. Issac Gipson, commander of Top Notch.
According to Maj. Peter Lawall, the operations officer in charge of Top Notch, the intent was dual purpose; to create an opportunity for information and knowledge sharing, and to provide the ability to personally meet with their counterparts.
"It's a challenge for us to personally know each other as well as professionally know each other through the work we do together," said Lawall. "Col. Gipson has always had the intent that it's not just about operational processes or the mechanical processes of production, it's about the intangible processes of building a team that has refined the fundamental relationships which make an organization more than the sum of its parts."
The intent was realized through the Deputy Commanding Officer of Top Notch Maj. Matthew Inglis's lens of building an event that supports the commander's intent. Although maybe not new to the Army as a whole, this was the first Majors Forum conducted by Top Notch.
"This was the first time that a brigade has provided the forum, space and time to bring together field grade officers across the formation," said Maj. Catalina Rosales, executive officer of 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.
"This forum came about as an opportunity to build not just a planning event, but an intangible event which supports building a team and not just a collection of individuals," said Lawall of Atascadero, California.
"I think it's important to bring everyone together so they can understand that we do truly appreciate their efforts on what they do on a day-to-day basis," said Gipson.
The timeline for the events the brigade had planned were changed due to the unique opportunity for really valuable conversation in some of the higher priority activities, said Lawall.
"The discussion, information sharing and relationship building were truly invaluable," said Rosales from Tyler, Texas. "This opportunity to network and build personal and professional relationships is a combat multiplier in support of the organization's mission readiness."
"Building relationships and not just building processes are important," said Lawall. "This provided the opportunity to build those relationships while we worked on refining our plans and refining our coordinated actions."
In this particular iteration, the field grades worked on the analysis of emerging changes to operational plans in the area of responsibility. Because the movement and flow of forces is fluid and ever-changing, operational plans should be updated on a periodic basis.
"Doing forums such as these in tandem with the changes will maintain the relevance and operationalization of theater operation plans," said Rosales
The event also provided insight to planning, to include smaller things that can sometimes be discounted.
"It provided invaluable insight, for us at brigade, into things we might have overlooked in coordinating and enabling those subordinate unit plans," said Lawall.
"All of us came away from this with a better understanding of our individual roles within a greater plan, but we also came away with a better understanding of the individuals who play important roles in the realization and development of the plan," said Lawall.
"Harnessing the intellect of the brigade's majors on collective and collaborative problem solving is a force multiplier," said Rosales. "This is the first time I've participated in something like this and I walked away with a much greater sense of teamwork with my peers across the area of responsibility."
"The better we understand each other, the better we understand the plan and the better we understand how we can enable each other in the execution of that plan," said Lawall. "We come away as a better team with a shared understanding."
"It's important the majors feel that the input provided by them to the overall process of providing theater air missile defenses is appreciated" said Gipson. "And it was also a venue to talk more than just air defense specific operations here in theater."
The forum additionally gave those who participated a chance to talk about their professional development for both professional and personal advancement to further their careers.
"It's important for the command sergeant major and myself to continuously provide leader development to all ranks," Gipson stated. "It doesn't matter what your age or your rank is as long as we continue to learn as individuals to make our lives better as a whole."
"What made this truly a remarkable experience was everyone's great attitudes, willingness to learn, and to collaborate," said Rosales.
"It's about life in general. It's about learning every single day and no one's perfect and everyone continues to learn on a day to day basis," said Gipson. "If you are that brand new private coming into the Army or the colonel as a brigade commander, it's a continuous learning experience throughout life."

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Best Of The Best | 3d Mlg Marine Awarded McA&f Marine Of The Year 2017

Story by LCpl Joshua Pinkney on 01/12/2018

Tineoferreiras was recognized as the Marine Corps Association and Foundation's 2017 Marine of the Year Jan. 12, 2018 during a dinner hosted at the Butler Officer's Club, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

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Afwerx Is Smart Risk For Innovative Solutions

Story by MSgt Heidi West on 01/12/2018

Today, the Air Force is formally expanding this call for innovation through the AFWERX program, which encourages partnerships with academic institutions, science and technology communities and private industries with an invested interest in solving complex security issues.

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January 2018: This Month In History At Fort McCoy

Story by Theresa R Fitzgerald on 01/12/2018

This was a change in the previous business model used by USARC when integrating training at dedicated Installation Management Command (IMCOM) installations.

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A Lifetime Of Service Continues For Retiree

Story by MAJ Marvin Baker on 01/11/2018

Berkowitz left the unit and the Army Reserve more than five years ago but unfortunately did not receive her official retirement award and ceremony from the unit until the oversight was corrected by Brig. Gen. Robert Harter, the commander of the 316th ESC, who also officiated the ceremony.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Draws Full Crowd At Fort Drum

Story by Michael Strasser on 01/11/2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday that honors a private citizen, and it was created in 1994 through legislation co-authored by former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wolford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis. The two veterans of the Civil Rights Movement proposed a day for people to engage in meaningful service projects that would uplift communities and honor King's dream of a better nation. It was signed into law on Aug. 23, 1994, by President Bill Clinton.

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Story Of Sacrifice --Ordnance Soldier Rescues Four From Burning Building

Story by Terrance Bell on 01/11/2018

The most recent exception to that scenario is a Soldier by the name of Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah.

The 27-year-old New York National Guardsman, a wheeled vehicle mechanic who graduated from the Ordnance School Dec. 14, caught the attention of installation leaders as well as the national media after entering a burning apartment building in the Bronx at least three times on the night of Dec. 28, saving four people.

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Battle Group Poland Tests Interoperability

Story by CPT Gary Loten-Beckford on 01/11/2018

The Polish-based battle group consists of the framework nation provided by the United States' 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, with the Balaklava Troop of British Light Dragoons as additional reconnaissance, and two batteries of air defense artillery, a capability not organic to the squadron, provided by Romania and Croatia.

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Vogel Resiliency Center Grand Opening Ceremony

Story by SFC Shelman Spencer on 01/10/2018

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, Commander for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) hosted the grand opening ceremony to the new facility, Friday, January 5.

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Three Inducted To The Kansas National Guard Hall Of Fame

Story by 1LT Lauren Orr on 01/10/2018
This year's honorees were retired Brig. Gen. Charles Baier, retired Brig. Gen. Wilder Metcalf, and retired Brig. Gen. Deborah Rose.
"This is really the highlight each and every year where we have an opportunity to bring back the rich legacy of our National Guard in those individuals who served with such distinction, and today is no different," said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general of Kansas. "It is indeed my privilege to recognize three outstanding individuals on this special occasion."
Baier commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1963 and received his wings in March 1966 from the Air Force undergraduate pilot school at Moody Air Force base in Georgia. Baier commanded the 190th Air Refueling Wing during Desert Storm and throughout his career flew a total of three different aircraft.
"Obviously it's a great honor," said Baier. "I wish I earned it myself, but I had nearly a thousand people at the 190th who put it all together and made it happen and let me sit at the top and take the credit for it."
Metcalf moved to Kansas in 1887 and enlisted as a private in the Kansas National Guard where he accepted a commission as a major in the 20th Regiment under Col. Frederick Funston. Metcalf was deployed to the Philippines and commanded the 20th Regiment during the Filipino Insurrection. He also served as colonel of the 1st Kansas Regiment on the Mexican border in 1916.
"He was a man of many firsts," said Tafanelli. "He is truly someone that we're very honored to have stood in our ranks in the Kansas National Guard."
Brig. Gen. Edward Gerhardt accepted the induction certificate on Metcalf's behalf.
Rose entered the Air Force with a direct commission into the Nurse Corps in March 1983. She deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990; was activated for service to Afyon, Turkey, in 2003; and served as an Air Force National Guard assistant to the commander of 17th Air Force in Ramstein, Germany. Rose commanded at the squadron and group levels and was the vice wing commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing. She was the first woman ever promoted to brigadier general in the Kansas National Guard.
"I am so appreciative of the generosity of Colonel Carla Hale for her gift of generating my nomination," Rose said. "It's truly a gift that was very unexpected and very appreciated."
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Infantrymen Relieved, Earned Expert Infantry Badge

Story by SSG Jennifer Bunn on 01/09/2018

Relieved to be one of the 62 infantrymen to successfully pass the EIB testing on Sept. 15, 2017, Stacy, a member of the sniper squad in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, sat almost motionless on his ruck taking in his accomplishment.

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Success In Sobriety: Soldier Overcomes Battle With Alcohol

Story by SrA Kaylee Dubois on 01/08/2018

After U.S. Army Private 1st Class Alex Hogan's mother passed away, he found solace in the same addiction as his motheralcohol. Not wanting to follow her same path, he found support through the U.S. Navy's Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program.

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Science, Technology Focus Of New Issue Of Army Al&t Magazine

By Michael Bold

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 3, 2018) This is big, really bigin fact, it's the single biggest issue of Army AL&T magazine, and its focus is squarely on the Army's top science and technology (S&T) priorities. The amazing work done by the Army S&T communitysome 28,350 employees at over 80 sites in 32 states across the U.S. and in 14 foreign countriesis the star of the show in the January March 2018 issue of Army AL&T.

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