CSM Forum

On March 1 through 5, the 1999 CSM/SGM MI WorldWide Conference met and from all accounts, was a huge success. Approximately 140 MI Sergeants Major and Command Sergeants Major came together at Fort Huachuca to work some hard issues and make recommendations for solutions. I would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make this year’s conference such a success, and all those Sergeants Major who traveled so far and accomplished so much in such a short period of time. The slides from the conference will be E-mailed to the attendees and will be available on the Sergeants Major Bulletin Board.

Please start thinking about next year’s conference—briefings you would like to see and issues that the conference will need to address. Do not forget to register for the Sergeants Major Bulletin Board—your registration will feed the WorldWide Address Book. Again, thanks for a great conference.

CSM Doug Russell (USA, Retired) continues to amaze me, both in stamina and in his contributions to our Military Intelligence Corps. During this year’s conference, he offered, and pending Secretary of the Army approval we have accepted, a substantial contribution to start and perpetuate an annual award to recognize outstanding MI Soldiers. The MI Corps will name this award after its benefactor and we are in the process of working out all of the details, selection criteria, presentation, etc., and would like your input. You can E-mail me directly at [email protected] if you have any ideas or feedback.

On a sad note, CSM Chet Leeth recently passed away. Chet was a good friend and a great CSM. We will miss him terribly. Please take a moment to think of him and to remember his family in your prayers.

The MI students of Class 49 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy are still looking for any MI memorabilia for the MI Room at the Academy. I was at the Academy two weeks ago and the MI room is pretty austere, but they are making some headway. If you have something that might be of interest or MI-related, please contact me at the above E-mail address and I will arrange to get it to them.

As always, train hard, take care of soldiers and their families, and have fun. Thanks!