Epi #11, The Newly Promoted Sergeant

The Promoted Sergeant

Promoted Sergeant
Staff Sgt. Luis Santos, the Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division)’s Afghan National Security Force Development Cell operations noncommissioned officer, is promoted to sergeant first class by Lt. Col. Bruce Moses, the ANSF Development Cell team chief, during a promotion ceremony March 1 on Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in the Panjwa’i district of Afghanistan. Santos, a Ponce, Puerto Rico, native, has received every promotion in his career while deployed overseas. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

After an almost 1-year break, our podcasts are back. This edition we bring you Episode 11 with a new format and a different way to start the conversation, we hope you the listener engages with us and our listeners at our site In this shortened episode host CSM (Ret.) Dan Elder answers a question about NCO leadership in the Reserve Components and responds to a request for advice for newly promoted sergeants.

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Dan is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. A retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families, he has deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Dan's culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command (USAMC) and as the Army's senior enlisted sustainer. He served on the Sergeant Major of the Army's Board of Directors and is author, editor or advisor to a number of soldier-related books and articles. Working as an independent consultant and small-business owner in Killeen TX, Dan continues to serve soldiers as a Blogger, Podcaster and Speaker. He was selected as the first enlisted Senior Fellow for the Association of the United States Army and was inducted to the US Army Sergeants Major Academy Wall of Fame, and the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame

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