Fort Jackson News
Chief of staff strives to put fun in mission
Col. Morris Goins sits in a chair as if he were a coat draped across it. He uses Monty Python to explain his management philosophy as chief of staff – not the “troupe” one might expect. And among the scribblings he keeps in a notebook in his blouse pocket is a list of “tasks the boss gives out,” as well as notations of the biggest candy dishes on post. Goins has come to Fort Jackson to put the “fun” back in the mission. He is, he says, “just a dude trying to get things done” – and tops on the list is making people happy.
Houston counts down to retirement
Col. Jamie Houston maintains a list of 15 jobs he might take on after retiring from the Army at year's end. But first, he'll have to relinquish command of DENTAC and then go to and come back from Honduras, where he'll lead a team of Army dentists on a mission.
Soldier's Show comes to Fort Jackson
Drill sergeants hope to show leadership skills
Only the cream of the crop rise to the top of their trade. For Army drill sergeants and Advanced Individual Training platoon sergeants, the apex of their crafts is to become drill sergeant leader or platoon sergeant leader. Assessment and selection of DSLs and PSLs took place Tuesday and Wednesday, with open interviews at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy on Fort Jackson. When selected, the new leaders will be tasked with training Soldiers going through the academy.