FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets of 7th Regiment, Charlie Company, Cadet Leaders Course impress instructors as they work on team building at the Alex Field Leader Reaction Course (FLRC) on July 9.
Sgt. Stephanie Batteas, instructor at the obstacle, Wall Banger, is surprised by the effective teamwork and leadership of the Cadets.
“Some squad leaders come up with great plans of attack immediately, which is very surprising. The teams I’ve had have worked very well together. There haven’t been any complaints. I’m very impressed.”
While completing the Wall Banger, their first obstacle, Cdt. Garrett Stanfill, University of Wyoming, feels his team worked effectively.
“I think we performed really well considering it was our first obstacle of the day. We worked together, bounced a lot of ideas off of each other, settled on a plan and kept adjusting that plan to make it better.”
Batteas believes training on the FLRC helps Cadets sharpen their “critical thinking, teamwork and communication.”
“This is some of the best training we can get as Cadets because it teaches us how to, when you’re in a leadership position, take control of a team and utilize their strengths and weaknesses,” Stanfill agrees with Batteas. “It shows you how to work with your team and not rely solely on yourself.”
Sgt. 1st Class Larry Gibson, instructor of the obstacle, Sabotage, is most impressed with the innovativeness and creativity of the Cadets.
“They put together some very interesting devices and do a lot of thinking outside of the box in order to complete this obstacle. They come up with things that I would never have thought of.”
Though they did not complete Sabotage, Cdt. Robert Herzberg, Texas A&M University, from Moore, S.C., considers it a learning experience.
“We had multiple ideas that ultimately failed, but with our failure we learned a lot about each other and our different leadership styles. Even though we’re all leaders here, sometimes one person needs to step up above the rest, usually the squad leader, and take control of the situation.”
Herzberg also called their training on the FLRC “constructive.” Staff Sgt. Alonzo Stewart, instructor from Fort Benning, Ga., shared similar sentiments.
“I would say this training, from the perspective of someone who teaches young officers, is something they need,” Stewart stated. “It allows them to truly understand how to work with a team and how to put someone up front. They don’t get a chance to go through basic training so these exercises are good ways to teach and mold them into the officers they need to be.”