Mainland cadets experience ‘real’ side of Army in Oahu

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Capt. Jonathan Fredericks
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs , 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Each summer, cadets from across the nation participate in Cadet Troop Leadership Training, where cadets shadow a platoon leader for three to four weeks and then lead Soldiers before returning back to their schools.  

For a few lucky U.S. Military Academy and ROTC cadets currently going through CTLT, they can now brag to their friends that they got to visit Hawaii.  

Cadet Alyssa Noltner, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, learned what life as a platoon leader in the 125th Financial Management Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, was like. As with most cadets, she expressed surprise at how different a finance platoon leader’s job is, compared to what she is being taught in school.

“In school we learned what you are supposed to do as a platoon leader, but CTLT gives cadets the opportunity to learn firsthand,” Noltner said. “I think it’s good because I’m learning and seeing day-to-day activities of a lieutenant.”

Noltner is one of six cadets being sponsored by the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC­­­­­­­, along with other 8th TSC brigades, this summer.

Due to the 45th Sust. Bde.’s diverse mission, the cadets were assigned to units that provide specialized support to not only the brigade, but to all of Oahu, as well.  

After CTLT training, cadets are scheduled to attend the four-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course, in Fort Lewis, Wash.

The 45th Sust. Bde.’s main priority for the incoming cadets is to expose them to as many of its branches as possible. This allows the cadets maximum exposure to Army logistics, and highlighting its diversity throughout the Army.  

Cadet Peter Banos, from Pennsylvania State University, was assigned to the 536th Support Maintenance Co., where he assumed some of the roles assigned to 2nd Lt. Matthew Dutton, which included safety officer for the company. 

“I really enjoyed the experience,” Banos said about witnessing behind-the-scenes action of a maintenance company platoon leader. “I wasn’t expecting to see all the branches ,and when seeing them, I got a lot more out of it than expected. 

“It’s interesting to see the logistics and combat side of everything. The program is a really great opportunity for cadets.”

The cadets also visited units ranging from 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Co., where they participated in counter-improvised explosive device training, to logistics support vessel training with the 45th Sust. Bde.

“Coming through the program offered by Penn State, Cadet Banos has shown maturity and openness to learn the different (military occupational specialties),” said Dutton, platoon leader, 536th Support Maint. Co., 45th Special Troops Battalion, and Banos’ sponsor during the training. “It is really preparing him for his future Army career.”

 

The U.S. Army Cadet Command’s mission is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens. 

Today, Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, or ROTC, has a total of 272 programs located at colleges and universities throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with an enrollment of more than 20,000. 

ROTC produces approximately 60 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active Army, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. 

More than 40 percent of current active duty Army General Officers were commissioned through the ROTC. 

Visit www.rotc.usaac.army.mil.

 

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