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Sustainment soldiers build trust during leadership course

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:30 am

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, spent the morning working on their teamwork and leadership skills at the Fort Hood Leadership Reaction Course during Sergeants’ Time Training on Thursday.

The morning started with a safety briefing and course rules given by the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the training, Staff Sgt. McKinley Miller.

After they were briefed, the Wrangler soldiers were split up into five groups with the lower ranking soldiers put in leadership positions for the obstacle course and given instructions for their first task of the day.

“The intent for the leadership course was team building,” Miller said. “The soldiers were split into teams to not actually complete the obstacle course, but it was to have them think and trust each other as a team so they could accomplish whatever mission was given to them.”

In one of the scenarios, a soldier received a back injury in a chemically hazardous environment and the team had to use a litter to get the soldier from one side of a stream to the other. The soldiers couldn’t touch the water because it was contaminated and they only had six various-sized pieces of wood they could use to navigate the obstacle in a set time.

This particular obstacle was unconquered by the soldiers of the Wrangler Brigade.

“The soldiers received some good training today because the soldiers were put in the leadership positions,” Miller said. “We had a total of five teams here today. Three of the teams completed three obstacles, but no team completed all five of them.”

Miller said some of the soldiers took the training and leadership opportunity with both hands and excelled, standing out above their peers.

Spc. Andrea Gomez was one of those soldiers. Gomez said the course was really hard and a lot of communication was needed to accomplish the missions.

“You have to trust your team and rely on your team leader,” she said. “It is fun and helps build character. We should do this more often. I think the soldiers got a lot out of this.”

Throughout the training event, soldiers were given guidance and directions from the safety officers and various NCOs on the course.

The guidance ensured all obstacles

were well thought out and approached with safety.

“The safeties were helping us out, but at the same time they were letting us develop our own ideas and our own ways of doing things,” said Spc. Luis Navedo, a transportation specialist. “That was good because everyone had to interact with people from other sections.”

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