Gladiator News delivered on point
Vol: 1 Issue 2 - SPRING 2011
Lieutenant Col. Jose L. Garcia
Dear 2MRB Gladiators, Families and Friends –
T e start of 2011 has been marked with wonderful accomplish-ments. eam Gladiator continues to strive to lead on precisionrecruiting eﬀ orts. Although we are still ﬁ ne-tuning our plans andPs, the companies have already ascended to the ﬁ rst, third andfourth places out of 16 brigade companies on AOC closure – thetrue measure of precision recruitment. Simply stated, the team’sability and willingness to “move with the cheese” has placed the bat-talion on top of the board with 18 AOC closures. And, this is just amicro indication of what lies ahead.T e recruitment of quality healthcare professionals is a challeng-ing mission that requires the dedication and commitment of many,including civic leaders, great Americans throughout our area of op-eration. Although the mission to recruit is our duty as professionalsin arms, we are fortunate to count on many remarkable Americansthat share our focus and desire to ﬁ ll our ranks with the best ourcountry has to oﬀ er. In February, we were delighted to celebrateour Grassroots kick-oﬀ event with the establishment of the AtlantaMedical – Dental Advisory Council. T is event solidiﬁ ed our belief that our country is indeed with us. Many extraordinary, inﬂ uentialmembers of the Atlanta medical community attended to sharetheir insight, advice and spearhead new initiatives to enhance ourrecruiting eﬀ orts. It was humbling to visit with these great commu-nity leaders as they paused fromtheir busy schedules to pledgetheir commitment to this nation,Army and our organization.Lastly, our force continues tostrengthen. Since the last update,we welcomed 11 new membersand their Families to the team.I enjoyed the opportunity tomeet most of them during ourFY11 Annual raining Confer-ence, which took place here inHuntsville, Ala. T e event servedas an occasion to recognize stellarperformers and team building.As always, I am honored to serve with them and look forwardto their expected, uplifting contributions.Again, I sincerely appreciate everyone’s eﬀ ort and commitmentto our Army. Our AMEDD’s strength begins with us.Congratulations Gladiators – second tonone for a successful quarter! We are con-tinuing to move to new heights in this bat-talion as we move toward our goal to reachthe top. William Arthur Ward once said, “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If youdream it, you can become it!” Not only haveI imagined and dreamed of the success weare embarking upon, but I strive to create asystem that will enhance every level of thiscommand. We are “A Battalion of One.”I challenge each of you to work togetherto reach this goal. Not only it is it my desireto have the strongest stations and companiesin USAREC, but it is equally important tohave the strongest family in this command.T is goal starts with you. Building ahigh performing team requires work. If youwant to be successful, you must ﬁ rst think success. If you believe in our organization,its purpose and direction, success will follow.Success does not come only with a desirefor it, it comes when people are workingtogether every day, striving to not only bethe best, but doing their best. It requirespeeling back those layers of the organiza-tion that keeps us from moving forward
Way ahead: Strengthening eﬀ ort to complete missionT ink and visualize success in order to achieve goals
– ﬁ nding the set of values, traditions andpractices that represents us as a group. Insuccessful organizations the trust, commit-ment, competence, loyalty and respect withwhich each member of the team carry outtheir daily task are unmistakable to thosethat are observing. However, in unsuccessfulorganizations, dysfunction and distrust arenotably pervasive.So where do you stand in beingsuccessful? What do you do when no one iswatching? Are you motivated to act like theowner of the company/station even at thelowest level? Do you have the capabilitiesto be creative and innovative without beingtold to do so? I feel safe in answering eachof these questions with an unqualiﬁ ed “yes.”Never let what you can’t do stop you fromdoing what you can do.In reaching success, I challenge each of you to:• Identify what success looks like to you.Knowing what it looks like will help youdetermine how to get there. Set attainablegoals that will build on your success ratings.Unattainable goals only add stress whichimpacts your performance capabilities.• Establish rust. Rarely is successbuilt onindividuality.You can’tdo it alone.Success isbuilt ona team of “we” not “I.”Withouttrust, youcannotaccomplishextraordinary things, be ateam player,build a strong family, or have an exemplary work environment.• Accept Change.Change occurs daily inUSAREC. It is important to understandthis change in order to make it successfulfor not only yourself, but for your family members as well.•Ownership.When people ownsomething, they tend to take care of it.Gladiators, thank you and your family for all you do for this country, this Army,and this great team.
Sgt. Maj. Cornelius Mack