123rd BSB holds quartermaster symposium
Staff Sgt. Mike C. Norris,
4th HBCT Public Affairs:
A quartermaster symposium was held by the 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, March 28 at Stayton Theater at Fort Bliss.
The events for the day included a resilience skit, a logistics senior leader panel, and Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, the quartermaster regimental command sergeant major, as the keynote speaker.
After the resilience skit, the senior leader’s panel began. They talked about professional development, the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, and about skill sets needed to advance their career.
“Writing is essential for our growth and for the growth of others, because in the military we judge performance based off of OERs and NCOERs,” said Sgt. Maj. Melinda Yarbrough, the Army Air and Missile Defense Commands’ logistics sergeant major and a member of the logistics senior leader panel.
Before the panel left, they stayed to answer questions from the Soldiers in attendance.
The last event of the day was the keynote speaker. Sims discussed the future of the Quartermaster Corps and how Army downsizing will affect the Soldiers within.
The Army is implementing quality control measures. Since it has to downsize it is going to keep the best and the brightest, said Sims.
Also speaking with him was Sgt. Maj. Michael Waller, the quartermaster component sergeant major.
Together they talked about the several different processes the Army is going to use to find the underperformers.
“The target is not the individual, it’s the performance,” said Sims.
“What I personally took from it was that the Army is cracking down, and now is the time to be on the top of your game and be a top performer,” said Isler.
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