GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Leaders are not born. They are developed. And the US Army Sustainment Command has an incredibly successful collaborative training and leader development program that helps shape the future force of CSA Army leaders.
David Saenz is a living, breathing, walking and speaking testament to the success of NCP’s Journey to Leadership program.
The chief of planning and operations of the 405th Field Support Brigade Logistics Readiness Center of the Bavarian Army recently graduated from JTL Level III in Washington, DC, along with 12 other personnel from the ‘CSAs around the world. CSA Executive Director and Deputy Commanding General Matthew Sannito was the guest of honor at their graduation ceremony.
The JLT program is designed to prepare high potential future leaders for key positions through mission overviews, contacts with senior leaders, coaching and networking. The program has three levels. These are Level I for Entry Level Employees (GS9-11), Level II for Intermediate and Journeyman Levels (GS11-13) and Level III for Supervisors and Managers (GS13-15) . The JTL program was created by ASC to select and develop high potential people ready for future leadership positions.
Saenz, a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Blackhawk pilot, attended Level II in 2015-16 while posted to LRC Fort Carson from 407th AFSB in Colorado. When he received the call from ASC to assist with Level III, he immediately began to establish a flight path to success. Saenz spoke to his supervisor and received permission from the 405th AFSB to attend the next session.
The course began in August 2020 and included several weeks of programming and multiple opportunities to experiment with various styles and methods of leadership, including a one-week trip to Washington, DC, to complete the course.
Over the past week, Saenz participated in collaborative discussions and a culminating class project, which was presented to the CSA Assistant to the Commanding General. He and his fellow JTL III participants also had the opportunity to meet with two members of the US Congress.
The teaching program included college-level discussions on different aspects of the collaborative effort as well as written and oral communication skills. It also included a 360 ° self-assessment from the perspective of subordinates, peers and high-level leaders, Saenz said.
“It kind of gave me a sense of what other people think of me as a leader,” Saenz said, “which gives me the opportunity to improve on some of my weaknesses and explore some of my own. strengths.”
The course included strategic thinking, higher levels of leadership, book reports and lengthy group discussions, Saenz said. The end state of the program is to develop senior managers who will bring back the skills they have learned and improved during the course and disseminate this information and ideas to their units and staff.
Saenz said he had acquired “a lot of great tools to help me with my professional development and, more importantly, to bring them back to my organization.”
And his LRC Bavaria team are already in the game. Four LRC Bavaria employees completed the program – one local national employee completed Level I, two employees recently completed Level II and Saenz obtained Level III on May 14. Another LRC Bavaria employee plans to take the next Level II course in the coming months. .
The 405th AFSB is assigned to the ASC and under the operational control of the 21th Theater Sustainment Command, of the US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides corporate materiel support to US forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize procurement, logistics and technology; and leveraging the US Army Materiel Command’s materiel business to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website at www.afsbeurope.army.mil and the official Facebook site at www.facebook.com/405thAFSB.