|Virginia designed to run at the head of the pack
by Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III
Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the Adjutant General, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Dallas Mills hosted a Senior Commander and Command Sergeant Major Conference at Fort Pickett Mar. 31 and Apr. 1, 2001. Participants in the conference included Commanders and Command Sergeants Major as well as staff officers and NCOs from units throughout the Commonwealth.
The focus of the conference was on improving overall organizational performance. Williams indicated that while the performance indicators such as assigned strength and individual qualification of many Virginia Army National Guard units is good, there are opportunities for improvement.
Assigned strength, individual qualification and training attendance are areas that commanders were encouraged to review and place emphasis on. Williams told the commanders and command sergeants major that Virginia Is designed to run at the head of the pack. and that would be accomplished by working on the details associated with readiness and taking care of soldiers.
Overall assigned strength in the Virginia Army National Guard is approximately 90 percent of its authorized strength. This shortage of soldiers hurts the readiness status of Virginia Army National Guard as a whole.