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Command Sergeant Major Schmitz, currently serves as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for the 297th Military Intelligence Battalion. He has served in all leadership positions from Squad Leader to Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Some of his leadership achievement include: serving as a Drill Sergeant and his induction into the Prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Leadership Club. He enjoys sharing his leadership experience with others and assisting them in developing innovative and meaningful solutions to the complex issues facing today’s military leader.

Mission—We hear that word quite often in the military. Every unit has a primary mission, and the Army expects the unit to be able to accomplish this mission when called upon. For the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade that mission is to provide tailored, multi-disciplined intelligence and intelligence capabilities in support of CENTCOM, ARCENT and other commands, to defeat adversaries, promote regional stability, support partners and allies and protect U.S. interests. The Soldiers and civilians within the Brigade accomplish that mission extremely well on a daily basis. From an Intelligence Analyst working in the Theater Ground Intelligence Center producing fused intelligence, to an agent working in the Qatar Resident Office developing contacts within the region, everyone is focused on developing and producing intelligence products in support of a commander’s intelligence needs within the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. In fact, the Soldiers and civilians within the Brigade accomplish this mission so well that the Brigade is praised constantly for the support we provide to various customers. Let me say that a different way… The Brigade and its subordinate Battalions and Companies garner praise for the hard work and competence of their Soldiers. The Soldier is the reason those missions are completed and the reason this Brigade is known as the premier Military Intelligence Brigade in the Army.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • MSG Owens


    Good Article CSM. Totally agree. Always Forward, Yield to None.

    MSG O



    Good article I believe soldiers can avoid the monotony of doing the same thing everyday by doing interesting stt training and quarterly joint or field exercises. Even weapons qual and pt is complained about interfering with the mission. Command maintenance is important but extremely time consuming with a lot of standing around so I feel people on this one.

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