Adaptive leaders think outside the box

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
East Range Training Complex, Hawaii — 25th Infantry Division Jungle Operations Training Center instructors converse with a village elder during Lightning Academy Adaptive Leaders Program scenario, here, Sept. 9.

25th ID JOTC instructors converse with a “village elder” during Lightning Academy Adaptive Leaders Program scenario, Sept. 9.

Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Deployed, a staff sergeant is tasked to receive vital information from a village elder.

The unit and the village have a good working relationship and trust is beginning to form.

The staff sergeant meets up with the elder’s security guard to escort his squad safely into the village. As he approaches the elder to introduce himself, things take a drastic turn.

“Who are you and why are you here,” the elder says. The squad leader replies with, “We are here for a meeting, and your security guard escorted us.”

The elder has no security guard and was unaware of any meeting. Now, what does the squad leader do? It’s time to think on his feet and make decisions that could save the lives of everyone involved. Just imagine the degree of difficulty involved in this life-changing decision.

This scenario and others like it is given to leaders during the 25th Infantry Division’s Lightning Academy Adaptive Leaders Program, which mirrors the Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

“The Army’s asymmetrical group has invested a lot of time to make sure we are putting out the best product,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Robinson, adaptive leader instructor assigned to the Jungle Operations Training Center. “We believe this is very important to the Army, because producing agile and adaptive leaders could potentially save lives.”

“We go deeper than check-the-block training. This course shows a person who they really are and hits your core values as a leader,” Robinson added.

Asymmetric Warfare Group personnel add guidance to events taught by the program’s primary instructors. The program itself is driven by the Army Learning Model 2015. Participants need to think about every aspect of a decision.

“This program makes you think outside the box,” said Michael Hollis, jungle operations senior instructor. “I would rather have an adaptive Soldier who will be able to think on their own. There’s a possibility that my Soldier sees something I didn’t see, which could save lives.

“I believe this course should be at every division. It really challenged me,” Hollis added.


Asymmetric warfare is defined as warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, such as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the opposing force.

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