The Fort Garry Horse held its 2nd Annual Leadership Weekend on 25-26 August at WO Taylor Warren’s property 90 km south of Steinbach. The beautifully treed property, with no neighbours to disturb and no cell phone reception to interrupt, provided the ideal setting for planning and professional development, for the leadership of the FGH. Specifically, in attendance were the officers and SNCO’s of RHQ, HQ Sqn HQ, A SQN HQ, Troop Leaders, Troop Warrants and Troop Sergeants.
The focus of this year’s Leadership Weekend was ‘communication to the soldiers’, which included the unit’s training plan, individual and troop expectations, and commitment to training. The weekend kicked off with an AAR of last year’s training year; where each soldier in attendance provided one example of what his/her organization did well, what needs to improve, what they would like to see happen and one concern for this year. Overall, this led to spirited suggestions for improving and perfecting the training of our soldiers.
After the AAR, officers and SNCO’s divided into groups to discuss and prepare presentations to address questions, such as: what is the CO’s goal, what is my goal and what is our style of leadership—topped off with a moral and team building motto for the year.
After a solid day of planning, the day’s activities ended with barbecued hamburgers and smokies, a bonfire and many war stories over cold cans of refreshment. The next day, attendees were treated to bacon stuffed croissants, instant coffee, and sent on their way home.
The success of the weekend arose from the ideas and conversations by all who attended, who all volunteered to be there without pay and truly embodied the deeds and the words that will add to the success of this training year.
Robert C. Jones
Chief Warrant Officer
The Fort Garry Horse
Regimental Sergeant Major