Gimlets evaluate measures of leadership, abilities

| May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Andrew Stroud (left), Co. C, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, and Sgt. Corey Saunders, HHC, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., plot their attack points and chart their courses as they prepare to begin the daytime land navigation portion of a Team Leader Evaluation Course, conducted at East Range training complex, May 9-10.

Sgt. Andrew Stroud (left), Co. C, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, and Sgt. Corey Saunders, HHC, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., plot their attack points and chart their courses as they prepare to begin the daytime land navigation portion of a Team Leader Evaluation Course, conducted at East Range training complex, May 9-10.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Daniel North
1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have goneyourself.”

That quote by writer Gene Mauch was instilled in team leaders of 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, “Gimlets,” 2nd Stryker Brigade

Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, as they conducted a Team Leader Evaluation Course, recently.

The course included classroom testing and evaluations, and an assessment of preventative maintenance checks and services on Strykers and the Remote Weapon System vehicle variants in the brigade motor pool. It culminated with a tactical road march and land navigation course.

Graduates of the course learned that the measure of true leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow and the power of inspiring those the leader stands before.

“This assessment has been great. It has given us an opportunity to bring light to some very strong leaders and also ones who need more development,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Smith, scout platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn, 21st Inf. Regt., and noncommissioned officer in charge of the training. “All in all, it gave us a great snap shot of what we can look to improve come Expert Infantrymen Badge testing, and where our team leaders’ abilities stand across the battalion.”

“So far, we have been able to test their abilities on leadership, inspiring others and core competencies as team leaders, so that we can have a greater sense of understanding of how our junior leaders are training and taking care of our Soldiers in 1-21,” said Sgt. Maj. Eric Alfieri, operations senior enlisted leader, HHC, 1st Bn, 21st Inf. Regt. “With completion of the course, team leaders are awarded a certificate of training, which is the equivalent of a 40-hour training course and gives Soldiers points towards promotions.

“After we receive feedback in the after-action review,” he continued, “we will look to make this course a staple of leadership assessment in 1-21 and will continue to build off of it for future leaders to continue their professional development.”

As the Gimlets continue their efforts to develop great, inspiring leaders, their progress and refinement of the standard of how to care for and lead Soldiers will remain a key focus and a staple of the team leaders’ abilities.

The success of the event postures the Gimlets to excel in the upcoming Expert Infantry Badge testing and future team and squad live-fire exercises.

Giving leaders the vision and conviction that a goal can be achieved allows them to inspire followers with the energy and power to reach that goal, and that is the essence of leadership.

(Editor’s note: North is the 1st Bn., 21st Inf., fire support officer.)

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