25th ID NCOs showcase leadership capabilities at LANPAC

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Sgt. Ferrari Cardona (left) briefs the LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders on the benefits of strength and conditioning training at the 25th Infantry Division’s Ground Base Gym. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Sgt. Ferrari Cardona (left) briefs the LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders on the benefits of strength and conditioning training at the 25th Infantry Division’s Ground Base Gym. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Master Sgt. Pete Mayes
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Being the Army’s premiere experts on jungle operations and training isn’t the 25th Infantry Division’s only calling card.

The division also prides itself on developing Soldiers who are able to adapt to any challenges on the battlefield that is put in front of them.

That was the message being conveyed during the LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders visit this past week.

Two Lightning Academy Soldiers demonstrate how to assemble an M-4 carbine rifle blindfolded. The exercise is used to demonstrate how Soldiers adapt themselves to unfamiliar challenges. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Two Lightning Academy Soldiers demonstrate how to assemble an M-4 carbine rifle blindfolded. The exercise is used to demonstrate how Soldiers adapt themselves to unfamiliar challenges. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Also as important is understanding and adjusting the way Soldiers are trained and developed to think critically, according to 25th Infantry Division senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Brzak.

“This is a new generation of Soldiers we’re dealing with,” he said. “We have to have a different way of getting their attention in order to train them to standard.”

Senior noncommissioned officers from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Mongolia, Papa New Guinea, and Malaysia took part in the visit May 25 to observe demonstrations at the Lightning Adaptive Leaders Program at East Range.

The course is designed to increase Soldiers’ critical thinking skills by placing them in less than ideal scenarios and having them figure out solutions in order to survive.

One such example consisted of Soldiers assembling an M-4 rifle while blindfolded. While assembling the weapons with only their hands to guide them, they also had to memorize the serial numbers of the different parts of the weapon to ensure they were assembling their assigned weapon only.

LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders from New Zealand and Papa New Guniea take part in an extraction exercise at the Lightning Academy’s Survival Village. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders from New Zealand and Papa New Guniea take part in an extraction exercise at the Lightning Academy’s Survival Village. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

U.S. Army-Pacific Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert said courses like the Lightning Adaptive Leaders Program is crucial for Soldier development.

“Through this type of training, a Soldier can learn to be comfortable with uncertainty,” he said. “This is about them learning to be mentally tough. What happens when the unexpected occurs? The training they’re receiving through this program ensures that they are up for the challenge.”

The visitors were also given a demonstration of the Soldiers reacting to counter Improvised Exploding Device training, as well as taking part in a hands-on medical extraction and evacuation exercise.

Prior to the demonstration, the LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders visited the Lightning Academy’s Ground Base Gym on Schofield Barracks, where they received a briefing and demonstration on how the “Tropic Lightning” Soldiers maintain mission readiness through physical fitness

NCO Academy Commandant Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer (standing) takes questions from LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders during a briefing on NCO professional development. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

NCO Academy Commandant Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer (standing) takes questions from LANPAC Senior Enlisted Leaders during a briefing on NCO professional development. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

The gym was created and is run by the NCO Corps and contains various weight-lifting and physical fitness equipment that can be taken with the Division for deployment. Officers are not involved in the planning and operation aspect of the gym, Brzak said.

“This is a great place for our Soldiers to get a workout,” he said.

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Kanisha Lamothe said physical fitness programs at the gym can be tailored or Soldiers who are physically recovering from injuries to use. It can also be used for Soldiers who need remedial training, she said.

“This is an example of NCOs being creative and innovative in optimizing the best use of resources,” Lambert said.

The visit concluded at the NCO Academy, where the group discussed training and education opportunities that are available to sister services and Pacific partner services.

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