By Staff Sgt. Rob Strain

15th Sustainment Brigade

public affairs

The noncommissioned officers of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), started the morning of Nov. 21 off right — with a four-mile run.

“[Physical Training] is what gets us started in the morning,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Nathaniel Bartee Sr., the brigade’s senior noncommissioned officer. “PT is what gets us through the day.”

Bartee said the run was meant to build ‘esprit de corps’ and encourage team building within the brigade.

Bartee took the opportunity to talk to the leaders about taking care of soldiers and refining the leadership skills of junior leaders in the formation.

“We are charged to give them the knowledge they are missing over at the [Noncommissioned Officer Education System] school,” Bartee said. “NCOES does great things for our soldiers, but it cannot do it all.”

He explained it is the job of the senior NCOs to lead, train and mentor the junior leaders.

“As leaders, the day that you stop dealing with your soldiers’ issues, or your soldiers’ problems, is the day you stop leading,” Bartee said.

Later, Bartee met with privates through sergeants at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center to discuss his leadership philosophy and give them an opportunity to voice their issues during a new monthly program called “Let’s Talk.”

He told the soldiers although they might not like some of the answers he gives them, he will always give them the truth. Bartee said he wants to make “Let’s Talk” a monthly event.

“Don’t feel that your opinion doesn’t matter,” Bartee told the soldiers. “To me it does.”

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