BG Farmen meets senior leaders to set command expectations

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Senior leaders of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, Korea, perform a 2-mile run at Camp Walker, Korea. The run was conducted to start off the day with some unit camaraderie before the leaders held their meeting with Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen later that day. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Folkerth)
Senior leaders of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, Korea, perform a 2-mile run at Camp Walker, Korea. The run was conducted to start off the day with some unit camaraderie before the leaders held their meeting with Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen later that day. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Folkerth)

BG Farmen meets senior leaders to set command expectations

by: Sgt. Michael Folkerth, 501st Sustainment Brigade PAO | .
The Morning Calm | .
published: October 05, 2013

DAEGU GARRISON — Senior leaders of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Henry, Korea, gathered together for a 2-mile camaraderie run at Camp Walker before meeting together at the Commanding General’s Senior Leader Conference on Friday at Henry’s Place Club, Camp Henry.

The whole seminar was designed as a leader development program, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, the commanding general of the 19th ESC. The conference was held to set the leadership tone and expectations for the senior leaders under his command.

The main, underlying theme throughout the conference was ethics, said Brig. Gen. Farmen. He wanted to set common grounds for the leaders of the 19th ESC to base their decisions on and to make sure those decisions were morally and ethically sound.

Brig. Gen. Farmen wanted to ensure his leaders were doing three things specifically: being a role model, developing soldiers ethically, and avoiding creating ethical dilemmas for their subordinates. He used analogies to make sure his leaders were doing what they were instructing their subordinates to do.

“Does your audio match your video?” asked Brig. Gen. Farmen.

Brig. Gen. Farmen brought up the Army regulations, military law, and the Army values as examples for leaders to refer to as guiding rules and standards to ensure their decisions were the right ones.

Leaders in the 501st Sustainment Brigade have already been focusing studying ethical decisions made as part of their leader development program, said Col. Mark Weinerth, the commanding officer of the 501st SBDE, Camp Carroll.

“I break my leaders into groups and together we work through the ethical dilemmas and challenges that often appear during wartime scenarios,” said Col. Weinerth. “We also study historical Korean engagements, paying attention to the decisions made and how those situations played out.”

Senior leaders of the 19th ESC came away from the meeting knowing exactly what Brig. Gen. Farmen was expecting from them during their leadership cycles. Many drew from their years of experience in the Army to fit the CG’s themes into their leadership styles.

“I look at ethics as if I’m on a range,” said Sgt. Maj. Prentiss Hall, the G3 sergeant major of the 19th ESC. “You have your left and right limits that set the boundaries of what you can and can’t do.”

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