FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012)--Lt. Col. Derrell Bibbs learned from his mentors and leaders the value of reciprocation.
"They said if you ever get a chance to give back, give back and start young," said the 244th Quartermaster Battalion commander and Oklahoma native.
Bibbs not only heeded the advice but wanted it to be the cornerstone of his legacy. That's why he decided to produce the "244th QM Bn. Leadership Guide," a one-stop desktop reference that aims to provide junior officers, noncommissioned officers and civilians with information critical to career and personal development in the Army of the future.
"My hope is that people will read it and that those in leadership positions will use it to teach their subordinates," he said.
The reference is more than 100 pages and includes guidance from the current Army leadership and information on professional development techniques and strategies, career paths and individual development plans. The information was culled from official websites and publications and Bibbs' 21 years of practical experience.
Bibbs said that while the publication is a means to give back, it also fills a void.
"For whatever reason, many junior individuals aren't getting the professional mentorship they're supposed to be getting," he said. "I had some pretty good mentors in my career, who sat down with me one-on-one. I want to make sure everyone has access to the kind of leadership guidance that helped me progress through the ranks."
Bibbs, a former infantry officer, has spent 21 years in the Army. Serving in various capacities as a logistician, he has logged tours in South Korea, Egypt, Iraq, Germany and Kuwait. Bibbs is especially fond of his time with the 1st Cavalry Division, which served as the impetus for the leadership guide.
"In the 1st Cav., they told us to live the legend, leave a legacy," he said. "When I leave Fort Lee, I want others to say ‘At least Col. Bibbs tried to teach us what he knew about being a leader.' And I will be OK with that. If I don't get promoted tomorrow, if I never get promoted for the rest of my career, I'm OK with the fact that I tried to give back."
The 244th QM Bn. Leadership Guide is currently available through the Sustainment Knowledge Network via AKO.