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08-04-2020 AoT CMDR Initial Comm

posted Aug 8, 2020, 8:20 AM by Adjutant2527 Georgen   [ updated Aug 8, 2020, 8:20 AM ]
 Thank you for this opportunity to serve as the Commander of the Army of Tennessee. We were pressed for time at the Army meeting in Florida so I did not give an outline of any plans for the coming term. I have nicknamed the plan "Back to the Future". It is made up of five parts, always evolving and will be worked on simultaneously. The five parts are Communications, Sharing ideas, Flattening the Curve, Security and Projects and Events. Today, I want to outline the key component, Communications.
"What we got here is failure to communicate". That famous line from the movie Cool Hand Luke reminds us of one of our biggest obstacles, Communications. Ever since I joined the SCV I have heard the same complaint, National and the Division doesn't let us know what they are doing. Seeing the numerous comments on various Facebook pages, this is a problem that needs to be changed. The membership wants to know and unfortunately they are getting misinformation, old information and half truths. We have lost members because of the misinformation and many Divisions have had to fight the discontent in their ranks due to the mishandling of information. The Army Communication plan will take advantage of old and new technology, ever evolving as needed. Today you are receiving this email through Constant Contact. I want to thank Georgia Division Commander Tim Pilgrim for providing this medium to us and for Army Communications Officer Barry Colbaugh of the Georgia Division for sending it out. It will be used to send information from National to the Divisions, much like the Telegraph. However it cannot stop there. I am asking each Division to appoint a Communications Officer. His email address will be on the list to receive the messages along with the Division Commander. It will be his job to make a mailing list for each Camp Communications Officer and Division Lt. Commanders and Brigade Commanders. The Division Communications Officer will send the messages to the Brigade Commander and Camps to share with their members. Communications is a two way street. If there are questions about the message the person should follow normal Chain of Command procedures, starting with their Camp Commander and moving up the chain to get their questions answered.
There is a new Army of Tennessee newsletter, "The Sentinel"; that will be published electronically each quarter, starting with August. The other parts of the "Back to the Future" plan will be in the August issue. We still have the Army Facebook page; we are looking at an alternative group utilizing SalesForce. I hope to have it up by mid September or earlier. Many of you have probably seen the videos by Mississippi Division Commander Conor Bond. These are an excellent way to get our message out to our membership. In the future we will have to embrace different forms of technology; many times it will be because of security. As always the first and quickest Communication will be by phone or text. You can reach me at (256) 614-3613 and your Councilman, Carl Jones at (256) 590-3168. Carl has graciously expanded his role to include AoT Media advisor. He will handle calls and interviews if a Division feels he is needed. Many of you already have a person in place and this does not override that person. It is an extra layer of protection.
I look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months. I am open to ideas which will make the Army grow and prosper. We live in an unprecedented time in history. How we handle ourselves is a direct reflection of our ancestors. I will close with a reminder that all Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions need to be approved by the GEC. If you are sending something in, please copy Carl and myself on the communiqué. Second, August 15th has been set as National Law Enforcement Day by CiC Larry McCluney. Make sure our Camps get the message and make plans accordingly. We are also looking for camps or Divisions to hold AoT workshops. Let me know if you are interested.
In your service,
Jimmy Hill
Army of Tennessee