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CSM Tobin speaks at Sergeants Major Academy

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Command Sergeant Major Charles Tobin spoke at the United States Sergeants Major Academy on Tuesday, 7 Jan 2017 at El Paso. Texas. “It was an honor and privilege to speak to an audience of 563 future Command Sergeants Major and Sergeants Major to include 52 International partners. I was proud to have our Samoan students, Fijian and Tongan in attendance,” CSM Tobin told Samoa News.

Master Sergeant Tuiolemotu who attended the academy told Tobin he would always remember the 3 A's he addressed — be Approachable, Accessible and Available to your people. Furthermore, understand the millennial generation. They are different and require a special approach. 

Tobin also emphasized the importance of Leadership saying, “A leader is unafraid to lead and make decisions.” On a personal note he told Samoa News, “But more important, one of them in the audience will be my son's command sergeant major. As a father, I ask that they take care of our sons and daughters. That's what we expect from them.”

CSM Tobin is from the villages of Lotopa, Samoa and Pago Pago, American Samoa and first joined the U.S. Army in 1983. He is the son of the late Michael and Barbara Tobin of Lotopa.