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NEWS | Jan. 16, 2019

U.S. Army South welcomes SOUTHCOM commander

By Sgt. Ashley Dotson U.S. Army South Public Affairs

Members of U.S. Army South welcomed Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command and his delegation to the Army South Headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston from Jan. 9-11.

The purpose of the visit was to allow Faller to share his vision and command philosophy.

During his visit, Faller toured U.S. Army South facilities, attended briefs and held a town hall meeting with the Army South staff.

During the town hall, Faller and Sgt. Maj. Bryan K. Zickefoose, U.S. Southern Command senior enlisted leader, began by telling the Army South Soldiers about their heroes. Both named deceased troops who were a part of their teams that made an impact on them during their careers.

“I don’t tell that story because it is sad,” Zickefoose said. “It shows you as a young warrior, Soldier, Marine, Airman, Coast Guardsman why you join your services – to be part of a great team.”

“We are here because we want to make a difference,” Faller said. “The difference we make is about winning the peace for our neighborhood-the Western Hemisphere.”

“It is about the team,” Zickefoose added. “You are that team at U.S. Southern Command – you are a part of the team.”

“How do we measure and assess unit cohesion, teamwork, and leadership,” asked Faller while discussing professional Non-Commissioned Officer development with our partnered nations. He said that it is the teamwork, brotherhood and sisterhood that comes from respect to harmony within the teams in the Military.

Faller also answered questions regarding readiness, training, stability and personnel during the town hall.

He concluded by telling the Soldiers that we must know who they are: to not lose sight on being professional, knowing their job, and communication to make the biggest impact on working with their partnered nations.