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Commanding Sgt. Maj. Robert Haynie, left, senior enlisted leader for the 25th Infantry Division, speaks about Army talent management during a leadership solarium at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, May 19, 2022 Nearly 100 U.S. Army and foreign junior leaders attended the solarium to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking and talent management.
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HONOLULU — Nearly 100 young leaders from the U.S. and foreign military attended a solarium last week to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking and talent management.

The three-day forum, a new initiative developed by the Association of the U.S. Army, was held here during the Land Forces Pacific Symposium, or LANPAC.

The Solarium, which was intended for sergeants first class and junior officers, placed soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific and several allied nations at tables to openly discuss topics and interact with others from diverse backgrounds and career fields.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jasmany Padin, assigned to the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, said he plans to pass on what he learned at the forum to his soldiers at Camp Zama, Japan.

Padin, who was previously a non-commissioned officer, said the solarium gave him a broader perspective of how the military works and was more informative than he initially thought.

“After 26 years, you think you have nothing left to learn,” he said on Thursday. “But I learned so much. I wish I could have brought more of my guys here. I’m doing everything I can to bring them back.

In a strategic-level exercise, Padin said participants were given a problem set on a scenario involving two countries in the Indo-Pacific region and were asked to identify challenges and discuss the appropriate response to them.

“Not just how the United States would tackle it, but how the international community would handle it,” Padin said. “Each table was responsible for looking into this issue.”

As the discussions progressed, the diverse group of participants offered a mix of perspectives.

“We had a Canadian officer and he had a completely different way of approaching the problem,” Padin said. “Then you had people from different [military occupational specialties] and from different backgrounds.


sergeant.  1st Class Edilberto Ramos, second from left, who is assigned to the 78th Signal Battalion, listens to a panel on Army Talent Management during a leadership solarium at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, on May 19, 2022. Nearly 100 U.S. Army and foreign young leaders attended the Solarium to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking, and talent management.








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sergeant. 1st Class Edilberto Ramos, second from left, who is assigned to the 78th Signal Battalion, listens to a panel on Army Talent Management during a leadership solarium at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, on May 19, 2022. Nearly 100 U.S. Army and foreign young leaders attended the Solarium to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking, and talent management.
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A panel discusses Army talent management during a leadership solarium at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, May 19, 2022. Nearly 100 young U.S. Army and foreign leaders attended the Solarium to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking and managing talent.








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A panel discusses Army talent management during a leadership solarium at the Land Forces Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, May 19, 2022. Nearly 100 young U.S. Army and foreign leaders attended the Solarium to learn about building trust in their units, strategic thinking and managing talent.
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A handful of other soldiers supporting the US military in Japan also took part in the solarium.

sergeant. 1st Class Edilberto Ramos, assigned to the 78th Signal Battalion, said the forum gave him a better understanding of his unit’s purpose in the region.

“There are a lot of things that, at our level, we never even have to take into account, because we never have a game in this situation,” Ramos said of the strategic training. “But now we have to think about why these decisions are being made, what is at stake and how it continues to ripple down to our level.”

During the discussions, Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Reyes, who is also assigned to the Signal Battalion, said he was able to study a variety of leadership styles.

“You can learn from leader to leader about their way of thinking and maybe you can go back and think to yourself… ‘I have to change my way of thinking,'” Reyes said. “For me, I thought it was important.”

Reyes, who served 20 years in the military, said the forum also allowed NCOs to share their experiences with junior officers as well as their foreign partners.

“The army’s NCO corps is probably the best-trained NCO corps in the world,” Reyes said. “I think we can learn a lot from the way we do things, but at the same time we can learn from them and how they train their soldiers.”

On the last day of the forum, Command Sgt. Major Robert Haynie, senior enlisted leader for the 25th Infantry Division, and other panelists spoke about the status of the Army Talent Management Program.

The Army is transforming its practices with the goal of placing the right leaders in the right positions by taking a closer look at a soldier’s knowledge, skills, and preferences.

Because of the participants’ influence on Army ranks, Haynie, who is also the NCO Initiatives Team Leader for the Army Talent Management Task Force, said he was essential for them to know more about these changes.

“At this level, you really control the culture of an organization,” Haynie said Thursday after the panel. “What you focus on or consider important and how you manage or lead your people really defines the culture of an organization.”

For Ramos, he said the opportunity to attend the forum allowed him to disconnect from his normal work routine and focus on what the military is trying to accomplish.

“The army, for me, is sending my reports and doing my daily tasks and [physical training],” he said. “But when you get to those things, you take a step back. You learn, ‘That’s why I do everything I do.’ This is the overall goal that we as an army are trying to achieve.

Related links:

United States Army Pacific

U.S. Army Japan

News from the U.S. Army Garrison Japan

USAG Japan Official Site

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