☷RHC A Best Leader Competition – CSMs Leading From the Front
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Regional Health Command - Atlantic Command Sgt . Maj . Rebecca Booker and her region command sergeants major validate the Best Leader Competition lanes at Fort Benning April 21 - 24 . Regional Health Command - Atlantic command sergeants major validate the Best Leader Competition lanes on Fort Benning April 21 - 24 , ahead of next week ' s competition . Regional Health Command - Atlantic command sergeants major validate the Best Leader Competition lanes on Fort Benning April 21 - 24 , ahead of next week ' s competition . Regional Health Command - Atlantic command sergeants major validate the Best Leader Competition lanes on Fort Benning April 21 - 24 , ahead of next week ' s competition . Regional Health Command - Atlantic command sergeants major validate the Best Leader Competition lanes on Fort Benning April 21 - 24 , ahead of next week ' s competition . FORT BENNING , GA – The most senior enlisted Soldiers of Regional Health Command - Atlantic demonstrated exactly what it means to lead from the front , April 21 - 24 on Fort Benning . RHC - A Command Sgt . Maj . Rebecca Booker , along with Martin Army Community Hospital Command Sgt . Maj . Alexander Poutou , hosted the Ready A - Team as they validated the lanes for next week’s Best Leader Competition . From April 25 - 28 , 13 teams from across the region will compete against each other to determine who reigns supreme as RHC - A’s best medical leaders in demonstrating military bearing , communication skills , knowledge of various military subjects and the ability to perform a variety of warrior skills . But before tomorrow’s Soldiers are put to the test , today’s leaders competed in the same feats of strength , stamina and mental acuity . “The Medical Command ( MEDCOM ) Command Sgt . Maj . Diamond Hough’s philosophy is don’t ask Soldiers to do something you wouldn’t do , ” explained Poutou . “So we as senior leaders we will get after it . Making sure everything is safe . If we can do it , the Soldier can do it . ” To that end , Booker led Poutou and his fellow command sergeants major through various mentally and physically challenging tasks such as combatives , water survival and dynamic stress weapons qualification . “As the RHC - A Command Sgt . Maj . , it is my responsibility to leader develop the command sergeants major below me , ” said Booker . “Having the command sergeants major compete in the same events as the Soldiers will throughout the competition certifies that these command sergeants major understand the standard [as prescribed by the Army] and are able to apply the same skill sets as they require of their Soldiers . ” The Best Leader Competition promotes esprit de corps throughout the Army while recognizing Soldiers , non - commissioned officers and officers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values and embody the warrior ethos . “It’s good camaraderie . We can make fun of each other , ” said Poutou . “A lot of us are up in age . We will laugh at each other , but at the same time we will support each other . “I have had the pleasure of being part of the validations at Fort Hood and Hawaii . I got the scars , but I will say it has been the best events that I have attended . It’s challenging , but at the end of the day , it’s not about competition . It’s about setting troops up for success . ” Poutou admitted climbing the rope is the most difficult part of the competition for him . But anything that requires heavy lifting He’s your man . “Getting after what the Soldiers do … the Soldiers keep me young . They challenge me , ” said Poutou . “We are home of the Maneuver Center of Excellence , home of the infantry , armor and ranger school . So a lot of the lanes we are using is what the rangers use to train … the [BLC] competitors are going to be challenged . ” Putting aside all the good - natured pre - competition competition , the main intent of validating the lanes is ensuring the safety for all . “Validation solidifies that each event the competitors go through meets the training standard identified , ” explained Booker . “Each event is fair and equal for all , and that all risk measures have been put in place . ” Next week , 13 of the Army’s best medical Soldier teams will converge on Fort Benning to compete against each other in the numerous senior enlisted leader - approved safety - tested administrative , athletic , warrior tasks and battle drills . “Those Soldiers are the future of the Army . It’s not us anymore , ” said Poutou . “What can we do to build that readiness , that competence The concept of the competition is to select the best team that can work as a team , epitomizing the ‘This is My Squad’ [TIMS] initiative of the Army’s top enlisted Soldier , Sgt . Maj . of the Army Michael Grinston . ” Grinston’s initiative focuses on replicating the strong , cohesive teams often found in Special Forces units . The competition winners , RHC - A’s best medical leaders , will represent the A - Team at the Army’s Medical Command Best Leader Competition taking place in June , right back here at Fort Benning . The winners of the MEDCOM competition will vie to become the Army’s Soldier or Noncommissioned Officer of the Year , in October . “The Regional Health Command - Atlantic is the ‘Ready Now’ region , ” boasted Booker . “And this 2022 Best Leader Competition will show you why we are the A - Team!”
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