Senior leaders back to school

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch

Date: 12.09.2013
Posted: 12.12.2013 01:23
News ID: 118086
Teach

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – A true leader never stops learning and ensuring he is up to date on the latest regulations and training.

For senior leaders of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the opportunity is right in front of them and they are taking full advantage during the “Warhorse” Academy on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 1-10.

The nine-day course, aimed at increasing senior leader’s knowledge in subject such as physical readiness training and combatives allows participants a chance to take a break from their daily work schedules and focus on growing as a leader.

“With a better understanding of the subjects that were taught to our senior leaders at the Warhorse Academy, it will directly benefit our junior leaders and soldiers throughout the brigade’s formations,” said 1st. Lt. John Jeffries, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT.

The leaders also learned about Army programs both new and old.

“What I took away from the course was a better understanding of the material that we as leaders need to bring back to our formations and teach out junior leaders and soldiers,” said Jeffries.

“Having a better understanding on the important subjects that we were taught such as suicide prevention, sexual harassment, Army values/ethics, equal opportunity, master resiliency training and combatives will provide me with the tools necessary to assure that out junior leaders and soldiers are being effectively trained in each subject.”

As for the leadership who put the course together, they put a good amount of work into the planning for the academy.

“Warhorse Academy was conceived at the National Training Center,” said 1st Lt. Jacob Fellows, brigade provost marshal, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd ABCT. “There have been several collective working groups to ensure that everything was up to standard.”

The desired result of the training is to better the unit and set leaders up for success in future.

“We want to provide the leaders within the brigade with the tools to effectively meet the challenges of deployment while preparing us for future opportunities in the Army,” said Fellows.

The brigade plans to host the academy each month for the remainder of the deployment.