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Paul Schneidmill


Tis done!!!  My twelve-week learning experience with the Army Management Staff College’s (AMSC) Sustaining Base Leadership and Management (SBLM) course is concluded!


Tomorrow, (August 5, 2005) at 10:00 a.m., the class known as 05-2 will have its commencement exercise.  Shortly following the completion of the graduation proceedings (like…the next day) I will enjoy a week’s vacation to recharge myself from the rigorous and vigorous curriculum the school exacted upon its students.


I have and wish to express my gratitude for my faculty, my academic advisor (an exceptional gentleman), my fellow classmates, and the learning experience and opportunities the school provided overall.


My class was taught that when people come together (or are placed in a situation together) to work together for an extended or indefinite period of time, it is not uncommon that they will likely and/or eventually bond (despite differences, i.e. cultural, personalities, etc.) and form some sort of kinship…like unto a “family.” 


There is merit to this teaching.  My experience at SBLM validated it.


My class was also taught that when these same people conclude the reason or task that allowed or stipulated their bond to develop and prepare to depart from each other, a myriad of emotions tend to surface.   


At this time, these emotions are often related to “family members” from “family members” via verbal expressions of appreciation, elation, fondness, gratitude, honor, respect, thankfulness, and even new-found understanding.


This teaching was also validated.


I shared and heard like emotions (and others) with my fellow classmates on our last day of course-learning together 


Though there are instances when negative emotional remarks can surface during the “parting” period of people placed together, regarding my class, none were given.       


Quite naturally and understandably, a bond formed by people involving a common goal, whether formed cautiously, difficultly, graciously, happily, strongly, painstakingly, suspiciously, tentatively, or any other kind of “ly” you can think of, always involves some amount of sorrow when the bond must dissolve.


I’m truly grateful for my time spent with my SBLM “family” and sorrowed to depart from them.

Fortunately, my experiences with them during the twelve weeks we lived and learned together, was exemplified via an anonymous quote I recently saw on a poster on a hospital wall, but I’ve modified it herein as a tribute to my classmates – the students of Seminar 14, SBLM 05-2.


“Coming together is a process.  Working together is progress.  Staying together is success.”




I joy at the privilege I’ve had with Seminar 14 and sorrow at our parting, but I’m forever grateful that for twelve consecutive weeks in the summer of 2005, we came together, worked together, and stayed together.


That I am certain is what God would have all mankind do.        


Paul Schneidmill ©  Copyright 2005