Army Chief of Staff visits JOTC

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, presents coins to the Soldiers assigned to the 25th ID Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, Feb. 12. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, presents coins to the Soldiers assigned to the 25th ID Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, Feb. 12. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno paid a visit to the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy/Jungle Operations Training Center, Feb. 12.

The Lighting Academy is a premier U.S. Army training facility within the Pacific and is instrumental in leader development.

In addition, the JOTC is the principal partnership-training venue with 25th ID regional allies.

“It’s really important to build confidence at the unit and individual level to operate in a broad variety of environments,” Odierno said.

The Army Chief of Staff spoke with recent graduates of the Adaptive Leader Course and stressed the importance of various training environments.

This rigorous course challenged Soldiers and leaders to overcome obstacles in the Lighting Academy terrain.

Odierno commented on the importance of Soldiers seeing their leaders solve problems. When Soldiers see leaders solve complex problems, it builds that confidence that they want to follow Ordierno said.

“This builds an incredible capability,” said Odierno. “We have a unique advantage over any other Army, and that’s our officer/noncommissioned officer corps … overcoming adversity and coming up with new ways to solve problems.”

Ordierno mentioned one of the most important things the Army must do in the future is to work with technology.

“This is what the Adaptive Leader Course is all about,” Ordierno said. “Being able to think through complex problems with what you have.”

Now Soldiers will use the teaching along with this experience to become more flexible and adaptive on the battlefield.

“Learning to be successful in an environment you have never seen before adds to the overall confidence to your unit,” Odierno said. “We have to prepare for many missions in many places.”

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