Capt. G’Nelle Franklin, Commander, Company D, 169th Engineer Battalion, has a span of control that includes training execution across two geographically distributed locations – Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas – where Soldiers are trained to be plumbers and firefighters. Franklin operates in a joint environment and is winning every day by continually assessing and effectively implementing two different sets of location-specific policies and measures in response to COVID-19. Despite having a small cadre and staff, Franklin is excelling in this distributed environment. She communicates effectively with superiors, subordinates and her peers, and is smart, humble and inspirational – she is all in, every day, and her Soldiers respond.
Al Zechiel, the microbiology supervisor for General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s pathology department, has collaborated with manufacturers to develop the plans and training to improve COVID-19 testing on the installation. Zechiel completed these tasks in critical timing – prior to receipt of the equipment – and the only remaining tasks were to validate them and train the staff. When labs across U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command were reporting several days to weeks to get training validated and to start testing, Zechiel had much of this process already in place and we were ready to train. The young officers and NCOs at GLWACH are thoroughly excited about their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 and Zechiel inspires them every day. Zechiel’s efforts have allowed the installation’s medical staff to test hundreds more Soldiers for COVID-19 in a shorter time period.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.)