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APEX visits tip of spear

By Sgt. 1st Class Charles Crail | 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

Editor’s note: The full names and identifications of those serving in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) are withheld due to safety and security of the Soldiers and their Families.

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted 35 senior executives from the DOD Sept. 17, 2019, to demonstrate the lethality of the modern special operations Soldier as the culminating event of Adaptive Planning and Execution System (APEX) orientation program.

APEX is a biannual two-week program designed to provide newly appointed senior executives with a practical and theoretical understanding of the structure and processes of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, combatant commands, joint staff and military departments. Additionally APEX helps new leaders gain an enterprise-wide perspective that encompasses expectations, opportunities and challenges currently facing DOD leadership.

After arriving by CH-47 Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters flown by the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, the executives were greeted by Col. Vylius Leskys, deputy com­manding officer for 10th SFG(A). Before the demonstration, Leskys held a question and answer session with the participants.

“We’re honored and privileged to expose the APEX members to how our Special Forces teams tactically engage the enemy,” said Col. Leskys. “The delegation was genuinely impressed and the men and women of (10th SFG(A)) did an exceptional job in their engagement.”

After two weeks of theoretical and strategic-level training in Washington, D.C., and at various selected military installations and combatant commands across the country, the group learned how their decisions impact the warfighter both directly and indirectly. The demonstration served as an opportunity to witness the complexity of modern small unit operations at the tactical level.

“This visit helps us to visualize the end result of our work,” said Tisha Brennwald, program manager, Washington headquarters services. “I enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what our military partners do so that we can better support them.”

The demonstration was led by 2nd Battalion, 10th SFG(A), and it allowed for executive leadership to better understand the Special Operations Soldier, said the logistical coordination officer for 10th SFG(A).

“This is not something APEX participants get to do often; they left extremely impressed with our Soldiers and the overall experience they provided,” he continued.

The visit ultimately built upon relationships and networking between the military and civilian contemporaries.

10th SFG(A) mission includes regular rotations to both Europe and Afghanistan. Their specialties of high-altitude mountain warfare and extreme cold are uniquely suited to these geographic locations.

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