Engineers support JROTC training, future leaders with heavy lifting

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Jeffrey Robison maneuvers a concrete barrier to cordon off the JROTC training area, while Spc. Ronald Escobar guides him, recently. Both Soldiers are motor transport operators from FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC.

Spc. Jeffrey Robison maneuvers a concrete barrier to cordon off the JROTC training area, while Spc. Ronald Escobar guides him, recently. Both Soldiers are motor transport operators from FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Jymette Watrous
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 350 JROTC cadets from 17 high schools in Hawaii participated in team-building exercises to develop their leadership skills, here, March 14-18.

“The week is a competition where everyone is placed in teams based on what schools they come from, …graded on how they work together as a team and (graded on) their attitude throughout the week,” said Kristel Guino, a junior at Kapaa High School, Kapaa, Kaui, and a JROTC Hawaii Brigade civil affairs cadet.

Cadets negotiated the Leadership Reaction Course, the Combat Water Survival Test and rappelling.

The 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, provided logistical support during the complex, weeklong training event for cadets.

Spc. Jeffrey Robison, Spc. Ronald Escobar, Spc. Phillip Torchio, Spc. John Pollak, Spc. Vandem Williams, Spc. Michael Wyatt and Spc. John Buron, all from Forward Support Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., provided forklift operations.

“I appreciated the opportunity to support our Army’s future leaders,” said Robison, motor transport operator.

The Soldiers transported heavy equipment for the training, such as cases of Meals Ready to Eat for the hundreds of cadets, and general purpose tents, each weighing more than 200 pounds. The Soldiers also helped reposition heavy concrete barriers used to cordon off the JROTC training area.

Since the engineers provided forklift support, the JROTC training facilitators could maximize their time.

Cadets could focus on their training, instead of spending valuable daylight hours offloading heavy equipment from trucks.

“It is great to have the support from Soldiers, here, to allow us to bring this (number) of students to this island and challenge them throughout the week using the resources Schofield offers,” said Lt. Col. Leslie Bise, deputy director of Army instruction in public schools for Hawaii.

The battalion’s Soldiers also interacted with the cadets.

For the high school students, getting an opportunity to interact with Soldiers on real military training sites is not very common, and the interaction could greatly add to the cadets’ future leadership development.

“It is really neat when we actually get to talk and work with real Soldiers,” Guino said.

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