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Regimental command sergeant major addresses 19th Engineers

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By MARY BARCZAK
Gold Standard Staff Writer
mary.c.barczak.ctr@mail.mil
Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, Command Sgt. Maj. of the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment, paid a visit to the 19th Engineer Battalion. The battalion is scheduled to deploy in the fall.
“There is definitely a different persona (to this regiment) than last year,” he said. “I actually had fun at PT this morning.”
Murphy encouraged the Soldiers to pay attention to Army-related news and take their professions seriously.
“The Army’s cutting a lot—that’s no secret,” Murphy said. “But we can still train and get our mission done…”
Many decisions are being made that are going to affect Soldiers for the next couple of years, so pay attention, he said.
He also stressed the importance of an education and a degree. That could be the difference between getting promoted to a sergeant major in a couple of years or not, he said.
If you want to progress in your career then you need to take the necessary steps to get there, Murphy said.
“Don’t tell me you don’t have the time,” he said. “When I started my Master’s I had an ill wife and a 16 year old at home with a boyfriend I didn’t like. Who has more time—me or you?”
The Army is trying to consolidate and absorb positions where it can, but it will continue to have a spot for good leaders, Murphy said.
“When you put those stripes on, that makes you a leader,” he said.
But it’s not just the stripes; Soldiers also have to put those principles of discipline, fairness and compassion into practice, Murphy said.
Taking the time to get to know your Soldier “tells me how to train (them),” he said. And their superiors should expect the same in return.
There is an implied responsibility with this uniform and “everything you do sets a new standard,” Murphy said.
Starting this quarter, the Army has started a new campaign, “Profession of Arms,” which will focus on a new topic each quarter.
The first topic is standards in discipline.
Take pride in your uniform and appearance, he said, because you are  representing all of us when you have it on. Next quarter’s topic will be military customs, courtesies and traditions.
Lastly, Murphy addressed a couple of new changes that will soon affect Soldiers: allowing  female Soldiers in combat roles and same sex partners of military to receive benefits.
If you don’t agree with the new rules, you need to adapt, he told the 19th Engineers.