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Leaders go back to school

Sgt. 1st. Class Michael Prieditis, center, brigade information operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, instructs senior leaders of the “Warhorse” Brigade on basic combatives moves as part of Warhorse Academy on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 4.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch

2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Leaders never stop learning to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest regulations and training.

For senior leaders of 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the opportunity was right in front of them, and they took full advantage, during the “Warhorse” Academy, on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec. 1-10.

The nine-day course, aimed at increasing senior leaders’ knowledge in subjects such as physical readiness training and combatives, allowed participants a chance to take a break from their daily work schedules and focus on growing as leaders.

“With a better understanding of the subjects that were taught to our senior leaders at the Warhorse Academy, it will directly benefit our junior leaders and Soldiers throughout the brigade’s formations,” said 1st. Lt. John Jeffries, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd ABCT.

The leaders also learned about Army programs, both new and old.

“What I took away from the course was a better understanding of the material that we as leaders need to bring back to our formations and teach our junior leaders and Soldiers,” said Jeffries. “Having a better understanding on the important subjects that we were taught, such as suicide prevention, sexual harassment, Army values/ethics, equal opportunity, master resiliency training and combatives, will provide me with the tools necessary to assure that our junior leaders and Soldiers are being effectively trained in each subject.”

As for the leadership who put the course together, they put a good amount of work into planning for the academy.

“Warhorse Academy was conceived at the National Training Center,” said 1st Lt. Jacob Fellows, brigade provost marshal, 2nd ABCT. “There have been several collective working groups to ensure that everything was up to standard.”

The desired result of the training is to better the unit, and set leaders up for success in the future.

“We want to provide the leaders within the brigade with the tools to effectively meet the challenges of deployment while preparing us for future opportunities in the Army,” said Fellows.

The brigade plans to host the academy each month for the remainder of the deployment.

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