Regimental CSMs tour communities

Story by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Taylor
21st TSC Public Affairs

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command is hosting a multi-regimental command sergeants major community tour from Tuesday to Sept. 14 in the communities of Bamberg, Grafenwöhr, Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern.

The regimental command sergeants major participating in the tour are from the force sustainment career management fields, and the 21st TSC organized the tour as the unit responsible for all force sustainment (except medical) in the Army in Europe, said  Sgt. Maj. Bryan L. Novak, the personnel sergeant major for the 21st TSC and a St. Paul, Minn., native.

“We felt it was our duty to provide this opportunity for all of the force sustainment Soldiers in the Ordnance, Transportation, Finance, Adjutant General and Quartermaster Corps,” Novak said. “This visit will also allow us to showcase what some of our Soldiers are doing.”

During the tour, Soldiers can expect to get an update on their regiment. Their regimental CSMs will tell the Soldiers and leaders the “State of the Corps.” This will include any changes that may be occurring with the structure of military occupational specialties or unit structures across the Army that affect each corps.

Each regimental CSM will also speak about their respective Army Career Tracker and tell the Soldiers and their leaders what “gates” Soldiers should be hitting at each grade. These gates include civilian and military education and what types of jobs Soldiers should be seeking to make them more competitive for promotion.

Accompanying each regimental CSM (except Quartermaster) will be the branch sergeant major from the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, who is in charge of overseeing assignments within their branch.

Soldiers will be provided the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with their branch SGM to discuss their individual career plans and how HRC can help each Soldier get an assignment that aligns with Army manning guidance and the Army Career Tracker for their MOS.

The regimental CSMs will be visiting the communities to talk with anyone, not just Soldiers from the 21st TSC. Officers and civilians, who are leaders of Soldiers in these career fields, are also encouraged to attend, so that they are better able to provide proper counseling and guidance to the Soldiers that they supervise ensuring that their Soldiers are more competitive for promotion, Novak said.

For more information on specific times at specific locations, visit, or check with your unit CSM or SGM.

Special one-on-one interviews with each regimental CSM, addressing key questions, will be posted in the 21st TSC CSM tool box at