By Chris Putman
2nd Recruiting Brigade Public Affairs
Apr. 01, 2016
The 2nd Recruiting Brigade conducted an operations update with USAREC Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow on March 23 with the brigade commander and each of the eight battalion commanders taking turns briefing their past, current and future operations.
"The best form of communications is face-to-face and I want to take advantage of this opportunity," Snow said. "What I really want to get out of today is to hear from the battalions. I really want you to focus downwards and you are doing a great job of that. You are producing and there is no question about that."
With the 2nd Recruiting Brigade above lead line to accomplish the fiscal 2016 mission, there was a focus on the positive actions that are driving the success from the Recruiting Center level and up.
"Our vision within the brigade empowering down to the lowest level has let the field know that they have the ability to make decisions and we will back those decisions," 2nd Recruiting Brigade Commander Col. Patrick Michaelis said.
"Our focus is training at the center level," 2nd Recruiting Brigade's Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Sanchez said. "We have our training teams go out and assess the effectiveness of that focus and we are seeing about a 20 percent increase in mission accomplishment because of that."
The entire brigade has responded well to the empowerment and training as well as a challenge from Sanchez.
"At the beginning of the quarter CSM Sanchez put the brigade at task to overproduce by 300 contracts and we have met that mark," Michaelis said. "It's about holding ourselves to a mission and inspiring that mission."
The challenge now is sustaining the current success through the end of the year as the 2nd Recruiting Brigade continues to recruit the future of the Army.
"The challenge is how we sustain momentum through the leadership transitions that we will face this summer," Snow said. "I want to get the Army to realize that they have a part in our recruiting through outreach efforts. We have to leverage our relationships with units and I believe that they get as much out of our partnerships as we do."