☷Sgt Major of the Army visits Korea talks with troops
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Sgt . Maj . of the Army Michael A . Grinston speaks to 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers at Camp Humphreys , South Korea on Nov . 22 , 2022 . Grinston visited the peninsula to gain a better understanding of the mission in Korea and to connect with the Soldiers who serve there . ( U . S . Army photo by Sgt . Evan Cooper/2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade ) CAMP HUMPHREYS , South Korea — The U . S . Army’s top enlisted Soldier visited the Korean peninsula for the first time in years , following a period of restrictive travel that cancelled previou......sly planned trips . Sgt . Maj . of the Army Michael A . Grinston’s stop in South Korea on Nov . 22 follows a brief visit to troops in Japan , where he discussed the Integrated Personnel and Pay System , or IPPS - A , and other topics on American Forces Network radio . He will continue the trip Nov . 23 to see Soldiers at Camp Casey and the Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom before returning to Washington , D . C . During the visit to Camp Humphreys , Grinston responded to questions from Soldiers and civilians at a town hall meeting with Soldiers and their families , visited barracks to learn firsthand about Soldier quality of life and participated in a reenlistment ceremony for a 2nd Infantry Division/Combined ROK - U . S . Division . During the town hall , he noted the importance of the Republic of Korea and U . S . alliance . “We have to know how to fight together , ” said Grinston of the importance of ROK - U . S . interoperability . “We have to know how to operate together . We got to know the terrain . ” Grinston added that maintaining an “ironclad commitment” with the ROK is necessary for the U . S . to ensure the forces of both nations remain strong and capable of mission success in the challenges they share . During the town hall , Grinston spoke briefly about the future of the U . S . Army and how each Soldier , specifically noncommissioned officers , can help enable future success of the force . “There’s one thing I ask all the young NCOs in this room , ” said Grinston . “ . . . be an expert at your job . Know the doctrine . Pull it out and actually read it . . . . know Army programs . ” Along with addressing questions regarding quality of life for Soldiers who reside in on - post barracks and the future of the Army , he listened to suggestions to improve the linkage between Department of Defense Education Activity schools overseas and schools administered by local governments in the United States . According to one commenter , a challenge faced by students overseas are that gaps in information sharing between DODEA and stateside school districts can result in some students missing opportunities available to their non - military - affiliated peers . An example provided during the town hall was that scholastic achievement within DODEA schools was not always transferable to other school systems . Grinston promised to take the input provided during the town hall and seek solutions upon his return stateside . He also asked that others who see areas for improvement to file Army Family Action Plan cases so that leaders can learn and track the status of problems . “We need your feedback , ” said Grinston .
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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