By Tiamoyo Harris
FORT KNOX, KENTUCY- Maj. Gen. Jeffery Snow addressed CIET Regiment 2 and CLC Regiment 2 Cadets Sunday evening reflecting on his past 32 years in the Army and how he climbed up the ranks in leadership. During the hour-long brief, Snow opened up about handling personal and Army life, knowing the importance of NCOIC’s, and being a leader.
“It’s a privilege to lead soldiers, anyone who tells you differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Snow said.
“Don’t think that I have all the answers. The more I lead, the more I realize how much I have to learn.”
While Snow humbly discussed his past experiences in the military, his resume commands quite the attention. Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). Prior to that, he was assigned as the Director of Strategy, Plan and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff. He also has executed dozens of command and staff assignments all over the U.S., Iraq, Germany, and Kosovo. Still, he stressed the importance of education in working to become a better leader.
“Continue to learn more about your profession, that‘s self-development,” Snow said.
“The Army is going to give you opportunities to go back to school. You don’t realize early on quite frankly on what a privilege it is and investment it is.”
In speaking of his experiences in combat, Snow also encourages the future Army officers to trust their first instincts and to hang in there even if they are not the strongest or fastest just yet. What Snow opened up mostly about was the affect and influence of NCOICs in his training and currently in his career.
“I would not be standing in front of your today if it wasn’t for the influence of the NCOIC’s today. The actual enforcement of standards and discipline come from those NCOIC’s,” Snow said.
“I can walk into a room right now and if the relationship with the OIC and NCOIC is not strong, then it’s not a strong team.”
Striving for excellence in everything includes personal life and how you treat fellow soldiers as well according to Snow. Though he admitted it is a challenge, Snow said that every soldier has to be able to put the Army’s needs in front of their own, and leverage technology as much as they can in order to maintain the balance in their personal and professional life. Cadets closed Snow’s presentations with questions about Army life and Snow walked over to each Cadet answering them precisely.
“By virtue of the uniform you’re wearing you are a trusted solider. I cannot express the importance of stress enough,” Snow said.
“I wish you all the best of luck on your journey.”