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    Patriot Leaders Educated in Ethics at the United States Air Force Academy

    Junior Leader Training

    Photo By 1st Lt. Paul Kavoossi | Soldiers assigned to 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team,...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Lt. Paul Kavoossi 

    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    Leaders from 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion conducted a 13.3-mile hike at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. on August 18th, 2022. The event was designed to bring awareness to a rarely discussed topic in formal military schools.

    According to the unit chaplain, Capt. Jason Mckinney, the event’s purpose was to demonstrate how ethics, character, and the Army Values “develop Soldiers to become more lethal on the battlefield and better persons in society.”

    Much of the discussion during the hike was focused on how to approach a myriad of ethical dilemmas.

    Soldiers varied in rank from corporal to staff sergeant, encompassing some platoon leaders, staff, and executive officers.

    According to Staff Sgt. Gary Coggins, a squad leader in Bravo Company, 52nd Bde. Eng. Bn. and an event participant, the long hike “forced other companies to actually interact and have conversations in which they normally would not have.”

    The training encompassed many lessons from Army Directive Policy 6-22, Army Leadership; however, it was most significant because it allowed leaders from across a very diverse battalion to give input on how they would approach different situations.

    According to Sgt. Donovan Taylor, a squad leader in Alpha Company, 52nd Bde. Eng. Bn., “It was great getting to know other’s personal interests, as well as seeing and hearing their asymmetrical views on current issues or scenarios that we could encounter as leaders.”

    The location, Falcon Trail, was chosen to exhibit some of the beauty of Colorado but also allow leaders to escape common work distractors of Fort Carson and enjoy the great outdoors. The varying terrain and multiple steep inclines added to the trail complexity and challenged the Patriot junior leaders.



    Date Taken: 09.15.2022
    Date Posted: 09.15.2022 11:08
    Story ID: 429380

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