This blog post is the beginning of the multi-part Company Command Series covering key aspects of my command experience that I feel other commanders (current and future) can benefit from. This post introduces the blog series and what I hope to achieve through it.
Company command was the greatest professional honor of my career thus far. That season of my life was the most professionally fun and rewarding, as well as demanding and frustrating. Every ambitious Captain about to assume command is overflowing with enthusiasm, passion, and great ideas for what he or she wants to accomplish after taking the guidon. At the end though, no matter how successful your command was, most generally leave command burnt out and crawling on all fours; after 18 months, I certainly was.
Prior to taking command, I watched to a YouTube vlog by COL Ross Coffman where he challenged commanders to daily reflect on the question: “did I happen to command today, or did command happen to me?” With every conceivable responsibility in the military seemingly identified as a commander’s program, it can often feel like forcing 50 pounds of “stuff” into a 10-pound capacity bag. If you’re not deliberate in taking charge of your command, it will quickly overpower you.