U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major hosts training conference for senior enlisted leaders from across theater

July 19, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

U.S. Army Europe Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr. (center, facing camera) discusses leadership with nearly 80 senior enlisted leaders from across the Army in Europe who attended the three-day USAREUR Command Sergeant Major Training Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, July 18. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Nearly 80 senior enlisted leaders from across the Army in Europe met here this week for three days of training and networking at the U.S. Army Europe Command Sergeant Major Training Conference.

USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr. hosted the July 17-19 event. Davenport said the intent of the conference was to give Army in Europe units a better understanding of how to request support from USAREUR, develop leaders, enhance teamwork and find solutions.

There’s always great value in bringing together a diverse group of diverse Soldiers with different backgrounds, different job titles, different experiences and different skills for open and honest discussions about leadership, Davenport added.

“The aspect that interests me the most is the team building -- the sharing of ideas and having senior mentors share their perspective on what right looks like,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Jefferies of USAREUR’s 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

“You would think that when you have a room full of type A personalities, that you wouldn’t get anything accomplished … (but) we realize what’s at stake, and so when we come together for a conference like this we roll up our sleeves and we tackle the tough issues. Because it’s not about us, it’s about our profession. It’s about our Army. It’s about team building.”

This week’s conference is one of many USAREUR events aimed at bringing senior leaders together throughout the year to develop skills and leadership, address issues and build professionalism. Some of the key topics discussed this week included newcomer sponsorship, suicide prevention, the Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, Structured Self Development and the profession of arms.

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