| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
A 25th ID Soldier shows U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez how to filter water at the East Range Training Complex. Perez met with JOTC Soldiers at the complex on Tuesday.

A 25th ID Soldier shows U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez how to filter water at the East Range Training Complex. Perez met with JOTC Soldiers at the complex on Tuesday.

Labor Secretary visits Tropic Lightning Academy
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited the 25th Infantry Division’s Lightning Academy Jungle Operations Training Course, here, Tuesday.

Perez, the nation’s 26th secretary of labor, was a keynote speaker for the Transition Summit, held here, Tuesday and Wednesday. The summit brought Soldiers and spouses, who are transitioning out of the Army, with private sector companies, panel discussions and workshops.

During the visit to the JOTC, Perez saw some of the tactical skills taught to thousands of Tropic Lightning Soldiers and partner nations troops annually.

He witnessed a live demonstration of warriors in action retrieving a simulated injured person by pulling him up a steep ravine, all while maintaining security and safety for all of the troops.

“It is pretty impressive of the different techniques and skills that the Soldiers learn through this course,” said Perez. “I can only imagine how essential it is, working and operating within a jungle environment.”

“Even something as simple as getting someone up a hill becomes a very difficult task when operating within a jungle environment,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th ID.

Perez spoke with the cadre and learned of the various foreign partners they’d trained while working at the Lightning Academy. He also learned how that has helped shape the focus and skills sets taught, before ending his tour.

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