Platoon Sgt

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PLATOON SERGEANT

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Abstract

Being a platoon sergeant is one of the greatest positions a Non-Commissioner Officer (NCO) can achieve in the course of their career. Leading and mentoring young NCOs and Soldiers is a privilege, but can be a challenge. This paper will cover the events of my first Platoon sergeant duty while my platoon was deployed to the National Training Center (NTC) although not assigned but a fill-in. My time as a platoon sergeant has given me insight and experience I will need in the near future.

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Abstract……………………………………………………………………….1 Introduction…………………………………………………………………..2 Description of Events…....................................................................................3 Lessons Learned/ Conclusion…………………………………………………4

Introduction
As a Staff Sergeant in charge of a Command Post Node (CPN) section of 35 Soldiers my leadership is tested on a daily basis. When 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion was tasked with providing 1 Joint Network Node (JNN) and 3 CPN teams to support 329 Field Artillery Battalion out of Mississippi in a rotation to the National Training Center (NTC). Everyone knew that slice element would come from 1st platoon. Since my Advanced Leadership Course (ALC) school was during the rotation I was left off the roster and positioned as a stay back. My platoon sergeant, platoon leader and 22 Soldiers were selected for the mission. During their 2 week mission preparation the platoon sergeant was busy most of the time; guidance barely came to the platoon. As the day they left drew near I was getting called in to attend the daily 1SG and Commander meetings for my platoon. We now were the smallest platoon in the company and still getting the same amount of tasking if not more. Right after Memorial Day my platoon was tasked with supporting the battalion network operations for a 3 week period. Understrenghned and undermanned we pulled soldiers from the company that had...
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