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NEWS | June 10, 2017

369th Sustainment Brigade develops leaders

By Sgt. Cesar Leon U.S. Army Central

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT– Army leadership is defined as the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. To that end, the Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 369th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), have been conducting professional development training while deployed to Kuwait.
The brigade’s Small Unit Leader Training (SULT) is intended to provide Soldiers with knowledge in areas such as Army Leadership, Drill and Ceremony, Training Management, Map Reading, Land Navigation, Casualty Evacuation and many other areas.
“SULT training has provided multiple, simultaneous benefits for 369th SB enlisted soldiers, examples are: team building, trust building, reviewing basic warrior tasks and battle drills and mentorship of the junior enlisted and new Non-Commissioned Officers from the senior enlisted Soldiers,” said Cpl. Kyle D. Beckley, a Sunnyside, N.Y. resident, with the 369th.
The goal is to provide all Soldiers training that focused on basic leadership skills, while instilling in them the knowledge and experience they need to possess in order to lead a team or squad size element.
"SULT class has been a great tool to further educate our enlisted ranks. From our junior Soldiers to some of the most senior,” said Sgt. Adam Dejesus, a South Richmond Hill, N.Y. resident, with the 369th. “We have been able to come together, to teach and learn from one another, as well as build on ourselves to become better leaders and Soldiers overall for our organization.”
The training is set up in such a way that knowledge is passed from senior NCOs down to the junior NCOs, who then train the junior enlisted Soldiers of the unit. This gives them the tools they need to lead others and ensure the successful completion of their mission.
“Small Unit Leader Training offers our junior Soldiers the opportunity to utilize the Eight Step Training Module and build their confidence to facilitate squad and platoon level training,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Wellington, a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, with the 369th.
Wellington says that as Soldiers progress through the training, they are building the foundation for future training and beginning to develop strong leadership attributes. This, in turn, will give them the competence they need to guide their Soldiers.
“As a non-combat unit, this training is essential to maintaining unit cohesion and basic proficiency of soldier skills. SULT training has enabled us to effectively meet, and hopefully exceed the standard,” said Beckley.
The unit’s goal in providing training such as SULT is to give Soldiers the ability to learn the skills needed to be a leader in the future, and to arm them with the knowledge needed for effective problem solving in the field.