News Icon

News: Student's Learn Leadership Skills with 61st MMB

Story by Spc. Naveed Ali ShahSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Student's Learn Leadership Skills with 61st MMB Spc. Naveed Ali Shah

Lisa Malcik, Quilla Lee, Delicia Soloid, Desirae Sauseda and Miriam Huerta, students from the Temple High School Accelerated Academy, attempt to bridge over a pool, using an array of various boards during their school's visit to Fort Hood's Leadership Reaction Course, Sept. 26, 2008.

Student's Learn Leadership Skills with 61st MMB

By Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

FORT HOOD - With their teammates yelling advice and the crowd screaming, students from the Temple High School Accelerated Academy attempted to maneuver the obstacle course during their visit to Fort Hood's Leadership Reaction Course, Sept. 26, 2008.

The course challenged the students to reason and work together to accomplish their set tasks with the equipment provided. Soldiers from the 61st Multi-Functional Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were on hand for safety, support and guidance. The 61st MMB is the sponsor for the school and was also the primary coordinator for the event.

"The first thing on our mind was safety for the students during the obstacle course," said Staff Sgt. Raymond Ross, Chemical, Biological, Radioactive/Nuclear, and Explosives non-commissioned officer, 61st MMB, 1st Med. Bde., 13th ESC, who was the main planner for the event. "Since they are high school kids and not Soldiers we want to take extra precautions for their protection."

Safety was not the only point Ross briefed his Soldiers about. He also wanted them to remember that as ambassadors for the Army they were held to a higher standard.

"We have to watch the way we speak to them [the students] because we can't use too many acronyms and abbreviations, and the way we carry ourselves is important, as well," said Ross.

After the students arrived at the leadership reaction course they were briefed by Ross and broken into teams. Each team was assigned two Soldiers as safeties.

"Each group is given a situation and each situation has certain tools such as rope, wooden planks, even ladders, they can use to negotiate the obstacles," said Ross. "The course is not easy, it really makes the students think."

While the students had fun during the course, they further developed leadership skills without even realizing it. Despite their valiant efforts, a few students still took the plunge into the water surrounding the obstacles.

"I was scared and I didn't know what to do at first, but I was proud that I wasn't afraid to do it," said Desiree Sauseda, a Temple High School Accelerated Academy senior, "All we need is teamwork to get it done."

The school administrators worked with the 61st MMB to give the students the opportunity to excel.

"We want to instill the philosophy of leadership in our students," said Rita Gillmeister, assistant principal, Temple High School Accelerated Academy.

Through the challenges the obstacle course presented the students learned teamwork and, perhaps, a little bit more about themselves.

"This course really requires critical thinking on the part of the students," said Ross, "I hope the students learned leadership skills today that they can use out in the real world."

Connected Media
ImagesStudent's Learn...
Lisa Malcik, Quilla Lee, Delicia Soloid, Desirae Sauseda...
ImagesStudent's Learn...
Desirae Sauseda, a student from the Temple High School...
ImagesStudent's Learn...
Kastady Smith, Rita Gillmeister, Alvin Smith, Angela...
ImagesStudent's Learn...
Kastady Smith, a teacher from the Temple High School...
ImagesStudent's Learn...
Tony Hamilton and Jared Vasquez, students from the...

Web Views

Podcast Hits

Public Domain Mark
This work, Student's Learn Leadership Skills with 61st MMB, by SPC Naveed Ali Shah, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.26.2008

Date Posted:09.29.2008 13:16

Location:FORT HOOD, TX, USGlobe

More Like This

  • Today, the students of the Army Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course will test their leadership capabilities.
  • The sergeant major for I Marine Expeditionary Force, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, recently visited as a guest speaker to discuss leadership with students of the 1st Intelligence Battalion’s Corporals Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 27, 2014.

The mission of the course is to teach Marines basic leadership knowledge and equip them with the skills necessary to effectively lead junior Marines. The course covers uniform knowledge, close-order drill, physical fitness and other leadership principles.
  • For the first time in Marine Rotational Force – Darwin history, two Marines traded their average day of work to participate in an Australian Army program – the Combat Fitness Leadership Course.

From Aug. 12 – Sept. 6, students attending the course will endure anywhere from eight-10 physically taxing workout sessions on a daily basis. These back-to-back exercises will pay off at the end of the course.
  • Students attended the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar Sept. 24 and 25 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

News Tags

No tags found.


  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr