Fort McCoy News November 08, 2013

NCOs participate in JLEAD class at McCoy

Twelve Army Reserve noncommissioned officers (NCOs) assigned to the 646th Regional Support Group (RSG), 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), (ESC), graduated from the Junior Leadership Development (JLEAD) program at Fort McCoy in October.

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Noncommissioned officers from the 646th Regional Support Group, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) train at the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer simulation facility during the Junior Leadership Development class at Fort McCoy.

The JLEAD program is led and developed by NCOs and is designed to enhance leadership, sharpen skills and build confidence.

The course incorporates instruction taught at the Warrior Leader Course and allows class participants the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice.

The Soldiers received hands-on training as well as instruction on the responsibilities of an NCO, training the force, mentoring, counseling, awards and administration.

Soldiers were placed in situations to test their leadership skills in both the classroom and in the field environment.

"We wanted to make the environment somewhat low stress so we could really connect with the junior NCOs and mentor them on various aspects of leadership and accountability," said Sgt. Kyle Sanford, who is assigned to the 395th Ordnance Company, located in Appleton, Wis.

JLEAD emphasizes the importance of being a leader and explores, in depth, the standards and responsibilities of leadership positions.

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Noncommissioned officers in the Junior Leadership Development class conduct an after-action review following Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer simulation training to hone technical and leadership skills.

The program also teaches NCOs how to grow and develop Soldiers, which is vitally important to the future of the Army Reserve.

Command Sgt. Maj. Nagee Lunde, command sergeant major for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, Belle Chasse, La., established JLEAD as a way to build the competency and experience of the junior NCO corps.

"I think the program was a huge success and a real eye-opener for those NCOs who have been newly promoted. They had a chance to have their feet held to the fire on what it means and what it takes to lead a group of Soldiers," said Sanford.

Sanford attended the 103rd ESC's first iteration of the JLEAD at Camp Dodge, Iowa in June. He was so impressed with the course that he agreed to put the class on for his unit. Many of the other participants have been impressed with the training.

The JLEAD program was conducted at Fort McCoy because of the space, quality of facilities and training areas greatly enhanced the training.

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A student in the Junior Leadership Development class shoots an azimuth during a land navigation exercise.

"After the graduation of this JLEAD class, a young sergeant came up to Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Leak, (command sergeant major for the 103rd ESC), and Command Sgt. Maj. Greggory Swanson, (command sergeant major for the 687th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion), and myself and thanked us for putting on this class," said Command Sgt. Maj. Mary Lemburg, command sergeant major for the 646th RSG in Madison, Wis.  "He was very impressed by the content, and how much he felt it would assist him to be a better NCO."

The program is currently taught at a company level in order to give the participants more one-on-one attention and training.

The 646th RSG plans to eventually roll out this training to all of its units.

(Story by Capt. Dan Marchik, 368th Public Affairs Detachment/Photos by Rob Schuette.)