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    1st Information Operations Command develops junior leaders

    1st Information Operations Command develops junior leaders

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Shaun Conway | Spc. Sandra Branham, 1st Information Operations (IO) Battalion, 1st IO Command, pulls...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Shaun Conway 

    1st Information Operations Command (Land)

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- 1st Information Operations (1st IO) Command (Land) senior enlisted host its second Squad and Team Leader development course, designed to develop and improve the leadership skills of junior noncommissioned officers (NCO) in the ranks of specialist promotable through staff sergeant, Sep. 9 - 12.

    The course addressed topics of counseling, NCO professional development schools, mentorship, military writing, leadership philosophy, deliberate risk assessments, operations orders, suspension of favorable actions, Army Body Composition Program, and physical readiness training.

    According to Sgt. Maj Daniel Deming, the brigade operations senior enlisted and the event manager, “Our end state for the Squad and Team Leader Development Course was to increase the confidence and competence of the brigade’s junior leaders. We tailored the course to be led by senior leaders from the brigade, with the intention of being both facilitators and mentors. The classes armed our junior leaders with relevant and current information.”

    Deming believes the program exceeded its objective and was impressed with the professionalism of all Soldiers who were involved.

    “It was an excellent course that was executed by the true professionals from 1st IO Command. I’m very impressed by the caliber of the NCOs who supported and facilitated the course. It definitely would not have happened without them.”

    The ACFT and Master Resiliency Training (MRT) Obstacle Course were added to the development course as a result of an after-action review comments from the previous class.

    The ACFT evaluation and the obstacle course were the favorite events amongst the new leaders.

    During the MRT, students were split into two teams, and competed to negotiate five obstacles and complete a mental challenge. The mental challenge was completed by asking the competitors ten questions about a picture that they looked at for one minute.

    “I really enjoyed the obstacle course,” said Spc. Aimee Smidt, 1st IO Battalion. “I have an injury and I was still able to finish the obstacle course. It was very inclusive for everybody, even people with no run profiles.”

    For other Soldiers, the biggest take away from the course was the writing portion of the training and having a better understanding of the role their leaders play in the organization.

    “I think one of the biggest takeaways was the NCO evaluation reports, and what Soldiers should be expecting from their leaders,” said Spc. Jay Pagano, 1st IO Battalion. “I spoke with people from other units about how often they receive counseling before I took this class. I was not aware they were not receiving proper counseling.”

    Overall the training reinforced the core responsibilities of an NCO, as it builds teamwork amongst Soldiers to become successful leaders of tomorrow.



    Date Taken: 09.16.2019
    Date Posted: 10.09.2019 16:12
    Story ID: 346905
    Location: FORT BELVOIR, VA, US 

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    1st Information Operations Command develops junior leaders