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Minnesota National Guard
Army leaders ensure their readiness for command

pre-command course CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Company grade officers and non-commissioned officers of the Minnesota National Guard took part in the Company Commander First Sergeant Pre-Command Course, Mar. 14-16 at Camp Ripley.

The course, organized under the 175th Regiment, Regional Training Institute on Camp Ripley, provided the curriculum and necessary tools for the young leaders to be well informed while leading Soldiers.

"This course is a good collection of resources and information that will help leaders navigate their command to be as efficient as possible," said Maj. Robert Grutsch, training officer for the 175th RTI.

The overall intent of the course is to provide company-level leadership with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve the readiness of their units during their time as commanders and first sergeants. The information included in the three-day course detailed the administrative process for Soldiers, property accountability, training management, medical protocols and Army regulations as it pertains to programs and policies.

"It's interesting how many resources there are, that you, as a junior officer, don't usually deal with until you get command," said 1st Lt. Travis Crowe of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.

For company-level commanders and first sergeants within their first year of command or about to take command, the course helps to reinforce the procedures of the Minnesota Army National Guard, mentor young leaders and build a successful command team to sustain a strong unit readiness level.

The attendees of the course received a presentation by Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Joint Staff for the Minnesota National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. During their discussion they talked about the role that young officers and senior NCOs play in maintaining the drive of the force in order to meet the priorities of the adjutant general.

"Keeping troops engaged in their jobs by utilizing the training resources readily available is what will get them motivated and challenge them to be ready for the future," said Capt. Shawn Frey, simulations coordinator at Camp Ripley.

"Company command will not be easy, it shouldn't be, but when you look back I want you to be able to say it was the best time in your career," said Jensen.

March 16, 2016
by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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