☷Developing Future Leaders of America
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Gen . Funk , U . S . Army Training and Doctrine Command , commanding general , speaks to members of Hampton Roads Chapter of the ROCKS , Inc . about recruiting and developing diverse future Leaders in the United States Army . JOINT BASE LANGLEY - EUSTIS , Va – Gen . Paul E . Funk II , U . S . Army Training and Doctrine Command , commanding general , was the guest speaker at the Hampton Roads Chapter of The ROCKS , Inc . luncheon held May 3 at the Fort Eustis Club . The ROCKS Inc . , named in honor of its late founder , Gen . Roscoe C . Cartwright , was established in 1974 at Fort Leavenworth . The organization is comprised primarily of military veterans seeking to strengthen the officer corps through providing young officers with mentorship , leadership development , scholarships , and networking opportunities . The Hampton Roads Chapter of the ROCKS , Inc . , established in 2001 , focuses on local Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide support and professional development to ROTC cadets , encouraging them to look into the opportunities the United States Armed Forces has to offer . The luncheon provided a chance for Funk to discuss the Army’s priorities with the local ROCKS chapter in order to better understand how the two organizations might work together toward a common goal: developing diverse future Leaders . “It’s important we have these kinds of discussions with local organizations so we can ensure we’re supporting each other the best way we can , ” he stated . “Organizations like yours [ROCKS] that provide mentorship and outreach are a key part of the Army team . ” Gen . Funk , U . S . Army Training and Doctrine Command , commanding general , speaks to members of Hampton Roads Chapter of the ROCKS , Inc . about recruiting and developing diverse future Leaders in the United States Army . Funk stressed the importance of educating the younger generation on the many paths the U . S . Army can offer , including careers in cyber operations , intelligence , infantry , armor , aviation , and the medical field . “Companies are looking for leadership skills , and the Army will provide that experience , ” he stated . He said regardless of the path chosen , the Army provides valuable skills that Soldiers take with them throughout their military and civilian careers . Organizations such as ROCKS , Inc . are a valuable asset in continuing to achieve the Army’s goal of maintaining a diverse force through the mentorship they provide to young officers and cadets . Having a supportive group of Active Duty , Reserve , and retired officers to mentor them can help encourage junior officers to continue working towards an even more diverse Army . “Our people are our greatest strength , and we have the privilege of leading America’s most precious treasures . Together , we can leave the jersey in a better place than we found it , ” Funk said .
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