New USACAPOC(A) CSM looks to help move the command forward

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Story by LTC Jefferson Wolfe on 12/15/2018
By Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe
USACAPOC(A) Public Affairs Officer

FORT BRAGG, N.C. United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) has a new senior enlisted leader.

Command Sgt. Maj. Peter T. Trotter moved into the position during an assumption of command ceremony Dec. 15 at the USACAPOC (A) headquarters building.

The command is full of great leaders, Soldiers and non-commissioned officers who will help move the command forward, he said.

"This is going to be a great journey," he added.

Maj. Gen. Darrell J. Guthrie welcomed his former battle buddy to USACAPOC. The two leaders served together previously at the 104th Training Division (Leader Development) for more than two years.

"There, we were the only two Texans in the command," he said. "Together we led an effort that improved the Division's Soldiers readiness and ability to accomplish the mission."

USACAPOC is the in the process of becoming the most globally engaged, capable, lethal, combat-ready command in the U.S. Army Reserve, Guthrie said.

"I know you understand what it means to build readiness and take care of Soldiers," he said.

Guthrie cited a letter from Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, and Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley, which includes placing more trust in NCOs, empowering NCOs to training Soldiers to standard and be the primary trainers of individual tasks.

The Army needs great NCOs who live the Army Values day in and day out, Guthrie said.

"We must give our NCOs the room to lead, to grow and to learn by accepting prudent risk and encouraging disciplined initiative," he added.

Trotter told the command his door is always open, and no ideas are off the table.

"I'm your new command sergeant major and I look forward to working with each and every one of you," he said.

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