Pacific NCO courses expand 4960th Multi-Function Training Brigade’s training

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Sgt. Joshua Yaeger (left) and Sgt. Alexander Bloch (right), both combat medics from Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div. plot points for the land navigation portion of a team building challenge. The two joined a Medical multi-component Advanced Leaders Course in conducting team building challenges while hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse. While hiking the historic trail, students and trainers also conducted other learning objectives. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Sgt. Joshua Yaeger (left) and Sgt. Alexander Bloch (right), both combat medics from Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div. plot points for the land navigation portion of a team building challenge. The two joined a Medical multi-component Advanced Leaders Course in conducting team building challenges while hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse. While hiking the historic trail, students and trainers also conducted other learning objectives. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

Crista Mary Mack
9th Mission Support Command
Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Pacific-based U.S. Army medical noncommissioned officers can stay close to home for needed leadership training of the Army Medical Department Advanced Leader Course at the 4960th Multi-Function Training Brigade’s training facility, here, after a validation and graduation of its final Pilot Class, March 30.

Additionally, for the first time, Army Reserve instructors from the 4960th led four monthlong multi-component ALC courses training Soldiers in the 42A, 92Y and 12H career fields.

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Noncommissioned officers from a medical multi-component Advanced Leaders Course conduct team building challenges while hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse. While hiking the historic trail, students and trainers also conducted casualty assessment operations, land navigation challenges and other learning objectives. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Noncommissioned officers from a medical multi-component Advanced Leaders Course conduct team building challenges while hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse. While hiking the historic trail, students and trainers also conducted casualty assessment operations, land navigation challenges and other learning objectives. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard conduct land navigation while hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. The course is the first fully validated and Army Reserve led multi-component Total Army School conducted by the 4960th Multi-Function Training Brigade, and expands the capabilities for training to Pacific area Soldiers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard conduct land navigation while hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. The course is the first fully validated and Army Reserve led multi-component Total Army School conducted by the 4960th Multi-Function Training Brigade, and expands the capabilities for training to Pacific area Soldiers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

“It doesn’t make a difference whether you are National Guard, active duty or Reserve, we train our Soldiers as a team, part of the concept of the One Army School System,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Napoleon Noguerapayan, commandant for the Army Medical Command NCO Academy component.

“We asked, how to create a site that is near where the Soldiers are, that they don’t have to travel to the mainland to go to school? How do we keep it close? With this training on

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard continue to conduct land navigation while hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard continue to conduct land navigation while hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

board, they can do it on their own,” said Noguerapayan.

The class featured medical series NCOs from the Pacific Rim, primarily Hawaii, Alaska, California – from all three components. Three other ALCs are taught, here, for human resources, supply and engineers.

According to 4960th Total Army School System Battalion Commandant Command Sgt. Maj. John Miyata, the original concept has been planned for a while and was based on needs of the region.

“We looked at all the Soldiers in the Pacific, the largest MOS (military occupational specialty) is infantry, the second largest is maintenance, third is medical, to include radiology, pharmacy. Combat medics, it’s the third largest population,” Miyata said.

“For four years, we have been building this relationship, and now, the same standards, the same specific, strict adherence, everything we require the Soldiers to do at the academy at Fort Sam Houston, now we can do it here with our own instructors,” said Miyata.

First Sgt. Timothy Roberts, active duty first sergeant for the ALC at the Army Medical Department NCO Academy, Fort Sam Houston, certified the courses taught at Fort Shafter.

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard continue their training while hiking Makapu'u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard continue their training while hiking Makapu’u Lighthouse as part of their Advanced Leadership Course. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

“Part of this level course, that is, part of being a squad and platoon leader, is developing a team, so in training, we work on how we can embody the warrior spirit, physical fitness, how to pull some of the warrior tasks together, for example. One class happened to be outside at the nearby Makapu’u Lighthouse trail while conducting land navigation, first aid and team-building exercises,” said Roberts.

“A hike in itself just up the trail would have been great on its own, but (the instructors) added in Soldier skills, which is where the Army training is trying to go to,” Roberts said. “Any mission, you can add in command and control, troop leading procedures, going through even daily events, everyone will have a great time going to the top of the hill and seeing the views and everything, but when you tie in military training it pays dividends.”

Students of the class responded positively to the options the classes offered.

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard pose for a remembrance photo. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Medical Noncommissioned officers from Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard pose for a remembrance photo. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aly Tugaoen, 9th Mission Support Command)

“It’s really useful having this class close to home, and it’s opened up new subjects I don’t have a lot of experience in, so being here is building that knowledge base and growing from it,” said Sgt. David Westman, an Army Reserve, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company combat medic from Ha’aula, Hawaii.

More classes are planned for the Fort Shafter school house in 2019. In the interim, the 4960th MFTB will send Soldiers to obtain further instructor training from the active duty NCO Academy at Fort Sam Houston. A similar program also runs at Fort Knox with the 4th Brigade (Medical) 94th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether you are Army Reserve or National Guard. Let’s face it, the active duty component, they need the Army Reserve; they need the National Guard,” said Noguerapayan. “They are using the same program of instruction for an active duty school to train Army Reserve National Guard and active component Soldiers, so it makes sense that an Army Reserve school can do the same.”

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