Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER FLATS — In keeping with the Junior Leader Certification program set forth by the Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, executed a company roll out from their motor pool, here, Jan. 26.
A roll out teaches Soldiers the proper procedures of lining up vehicles and rolling them out in a convoy.
“This training will assist us in conducting more training down the road,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Thiel, information technician team chief, 8th TSC. “The Junior Leader Certification will require us to convoy to a lot of places, so this training is part of the foundation that we can build upon later.”
Knowing how to get a vehicle ready to go and following a convoy will come in handy for 8th TSC’s Soldiers, especially since their upcoming training will include land navigation while in a vehicle. They’ll also conduct a field training exercise at the end of February.
“This type of training really gives the Soldiers a chance to have hands-on experience with the vehicles and tools that they will be using in our future training missions, or if they are ever deployed downrange,” Thiel said.
According to Terry’s memorandum, the program’s philosophy requires junior leaders to be trained and certified in basic skills.
Lt. Col. Matthew Goodman, commander, 8th STB, echoed that same philosophy in his memorandum. Goodman stated that the battalion is the lead enabler to the 8th TSC and must train its leaders to exceed requirements to conduct its multifunctional skill set mission.
“We must be technically and tactically proficient while maintaining the ability to be agile and adaptive, in order to enable the TSC to complete sustainment operations in the Pacific,” Goodman wrote. “I believe that tough, relevant training that strives to get us back in touch with the basics will yield professional growth and high performance from our leaders.”