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Unexpected Downtime

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We experienced a service outage this morning thanks to a technical issue at our ISP. Things are back up and running now. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Fort Campbell Book Signing

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Two weeks ago, military authors and AskTOP Subject Matter Experts Mark Gerecht and Jo Rusin visited Fort Campbell to meet with Soldiers and sign copies of their Army leadership books. The event was a success due in large part to the support of the MCSS management team and staff. Thank you, Campbell MCSS, for hosting us once again. If you managed to stop by during the event, thanks for your participation! If you are interested in attending a future book signing or professional development events, Read more

U.S. Army Inspection Series

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We just published the second article in Mark’s three-part series about Army inspections. He’s been hard at work compiling some great tips for leaders who are preparing for an inspection. Visit the links below to check out parts one and two. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for part three, coming your way next Wednesday. [read] U.S. Army Inspections: The Basics [read] U.S. Army Inspections: Planning & Preparation Read more

Newsletter planning

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When it comes to AskTOP email newsletters, we have one all-important rule: we don’t waste your time if we don’t have anything important to say. Doing it any other way just seems counterproductive. Who decides what is important? You do, clearly. We try our best to guess what you might find important, but that means our results are only as good as our guesses. In this upcoming edition, we plan to feature some of our most popular posts and provide you with the slides from the TDS event mark spoke Read more

Welcome, Becky!

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Today we published the first article by AskTOP Subject Matter Expert Becky! Becky has 37 years of experience as a military spouse and is ready to share her perspective. The article is titled “Three smart methods to encourage your guests to RSVP.” Have you or your spouse ever been burned by bad headcounts when hosting an event for your unit? Read the excerpt below and click through to learn Becky’s creative tactics to keep things on-track. “The cof­fee was to be at the commander’s house, but Read more

ST Augustine TDS Presentation

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Mark and I just returned from a trip to sunny ST Augustine Florida where he presented to a classroom of National Guard trial defense attorneys. The topic of the presentation was counseling. Specifically, TDS is interested in proper counseling procedures and common mistakes. After a detailed review of DA Form 4856 (developmental counseling form), Mark shared some of the murky situations he has encountered to highlight his main points. The presentation also touched on the evaluation system as Read more

It’s that time again

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Though we have been posting new articles and Q&A according to schedule, the front page has been neglected for a couple weeks. That just doesn’t sit well with me, so I thought I would throw together an impromptu Wednesday update. All is well with the team behind the scenes at AskTOP. We nearly surpassed our daily visitor record yesterday–which is great. More Army leaders are coming to us for the information they need. We are honored so many people see the value in what we have to say. We Read more

Memorial Day update

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Hello friends! In case you haven’t checked out a calendar lately, Summer is charging towards us with reckless abandon. We are all chomping at the bit to get home and relax, but this isn’t just any Friday. As you run off to the lake and fire up the grill this weekend, take a moment to reflect upon the meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a time to give thanks to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country and, therefore, our livelihood. So Read more

It’s a very Mackie Monday

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I was greeted by a polite nudge from Mackie this morning when I fired up my computer. Due to an oversight on my part, some excellent Q&A posts sat in the editing queue half of last week and this past weekend. With so many questions floating around about the new promotions system, we have been scrambling to get information out as quickly as possible. Mackie has been typing away, filling up the promotions page and answering questions & comments along the way. We published eleven new Read more

Full steam ahead!

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I am happy to announce that the team has returned to our office. Power was restored here Tuesday afternoon and we have been playing the catch-up game ever since. We look forward to resuming normal operations. The new promotions system has been the topic on everybody’s lips around here lately. Missing promotion points? Check out this Q&A by Mackie: I just checked my ERB and my promotion points are gone! Why? As always, keep on submitting your questions and comments. Is there something you’d Read more

Blackout update

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After Wednesday’s devastating weather ripped through our region the AskTOP team is now operating remotely until power can be restored to our regular office. But no worries, TOP is back once more and still prepared to take your your toughest Army leadership questions.

Some services will be down

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Our response time will be temporarily slowed due to severe weather throughout the south-east and indefinite power outages. We look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible and will attempt to keep you posted as news comes in. Please bare with us as we work through these hard times. Our hearts go out to the families affected by yesterday’s weather. Thank you for your patience.

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