U.S. Army Leadership FM 6-22 (FM 22-100)

Archive for January, 2012

EOD Soldiers learn leadership skills

A Soldier in a bomb suit walked slowly toward a smoking vehicle on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A rope trailed behind him and two other Soldiers kept pace at his side.

“It’s pretty quiet in that bomb suit when you’re walking by yourself,” said Maj. Matt Kuhns, 3rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, as he watched from a safe distance.

Fortunately, the Soldier was not going to disarm a live bomb. Instead he was being tested as part of the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion’s Team Leader Training Academy that began Dec. 5. Two groups of 12 candidates will take part in a 10-day exercise on JBLM to prepare them for certification — and for a job that is never really done.

“The goal of this is to increase the overall capability for our young team leaders,” Kuhns said.

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Leadership for new NCOs

As the drawdown date approaches, the contributions of individual service members from the U.S. and allied nations have been immeasurable in the continued success of Iraqi Security Forces during this period.

One such Soldier in the former category is Sgt. Daniel Foley of the 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, currently deployed to Basrah from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Since February, Foley has been the team leader of the aerial reaction force, which has been training the Iraqi Special Forces of the 14th Commando Brigade.

The ARF is called to escort explosive ordnance disposal elements and do battle damage assessments of improvised explosive device strikes. They are also responsible for responding to IED attacks before the quick reaction force can arrive, or in areas where QRF vehicles cannot traverse. (continue reading…)

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