The installation’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy hosted nine guest facilitators from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 102nd Training Division and Airmen as students.
Collaboration between the NCOA and the 102nd Training Division enabled reservists newly certified as Basic Leader Course instructors at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, to not only lend a hand to the academy, but also keep their teaching skills fresh.
“Because of the positive experience that both the active and Reserve Soldiers have encountered working alongside each other, this is a partnership that should absolutely continue in the future,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Lamberson, 102nd Training Division. “It has been a win-win for the NCOA, the Soldiers of the 102nd Training Division and the Army as a whole.”
Lamberson said being able to work alongside active-duty instructors has been an amazing opportunity for the Soldiers of the 102nd and will help to prepare them for an upcoming deployment as part of a BLC mobile training team.
“Each of us, regardless of component, had something to bring to the table that enabled us to all put forth the best efforts to make this a success,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Johnson, Reserve BLS instructor.
First Sgt. Michael McCabe, MSCoE Basic Leader Course first sergeant, said the experience of having guest facilitators from a different component has been a valuable experience for the Fort Leonard Wood BLC cadre.
“As cadre, it is not often that we have such an opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with other compos,” he said. “We have gained great insight on their experiences and their take on facilitating the course point of instruction utilizing the Experiential Learning Model. Each day we are able to conduct (after action reviews), cross communicate and discuss the day’s lessons. Sharing tips and techniques to further enhance each other’s facilitation skills and allowing all parties to conduct norming sessions on the courseware and grading rubrics has been positive a aspect during this cycle.”
Air Force Senior Airman Roman Frakes, student, said attending the Army BLC gave him a better understanding of everyday life in a different branch of service.
“One huge value I have taken from this course is how professional the men and women of the Army are to each other,” he said. “I have refreshed my writing skills and learned what type of leader I am.”
Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Steinke, BLC student, said he was able to offer a different perspective to many of the topics throughout the course.
“I felt welcomed into the class, and it was a great opportunity for me to learn from them as them to learn from me,” he said. “I feel like I have added to the class by bringing a more outside view on the topics presented.”
Staff Sgt. Jazmine Murphy, BLC cadre, said this is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for the Airmen to be indoctrinated in another branch’s leadership course.
“They met all the Army standards, and it shows that we are training our service members equally across to be leaders,” she said. “They are able to take the knowledge, such as effective listening and problem solving, and use it back in their unit, creating connections across the branches.”