• PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"An Afghan National Army Soldier assigned to 1st Kandak, 2nd Luwa, 203rd Corps, fires an M4 rifle during the third iteration of the Wolverine's Leader Course, April 11, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Doggett, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment)

    Wolverine Leader Course: US, ANA combined training

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"An Afghan National Army Soldier assigned to 1st Kandak, 2nd Luwa, 203rd Corps, fires an M4 rifle during the third iteration of the Wolverine's Leader Course, April 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Doggett, 1st...

  • PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"Under the direction of U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Andrew McCoy, (right), U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Cawthon, executes the advanced rifle marksmanship range, April 10, 2013, as part of the Wolverine's Leader Course. Both Soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 89th Calvary Regiment, 2/10 Security Forces Brigade, Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Doggett, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment)

    Wolverine Leader Course: US, ANA combined training

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"Under the direction of U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Andrew McCoy, (right), U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Cawthon, executes the advanced rifle marksmanship range, April 10, 2013, as part of the Wolverine's Leader Course. Both Soldiers are...

  • PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"Members of the Wolverine Leader Course class 13-03, pose for a group picture after the successful completion of the course, April 11, 2013. The course was designed to teach junior leaders in both the U.S. and Afghan National Armies. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Doggett, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment)

    Wolverine Leader Course: US, ANA combined training

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan"Members of the Wolverine Leader Course class 13-03, pose for a group picture after the successful completion of the course, April 11, 2013. The course was designed to teach junior leaders in both the U.S. and Afghan...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan (April 11, 2013) -- Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to 1st Kandak, 2nd Luwa, 203rd Corps, U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Wolverine, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade and U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 864th Engineer Battalion, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Wash., took part in the Wolverine's Leaders Course held at FOB Sharana, April 10 and 11.

"WLC is not only for U.S. junior leaders but our partnered Kandaks as well," said Sgt. 1st Class Julius Moton, assigned to TF Wolverine. "We teach these Soldiers about troop leading procedures, pre-combat checks and inspections with the hopes that they teach other Soldiers and noncommissioned officers making their units better."

The course was engineered by Moton and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andrew McCoy, both assigned to TF Wolverine. It was created to teach all Soldiers small unit tactics and TLPs, enhancing their overall mission readiness.

The course closed its third iteration with 13 of 15 U.S. and ANA Soldiers successfully completing the training.

"The first iteration was mostly learning operations orders and TLPs; the course has evolved by adding more physical events and realistic training. Now the Soldiers actually conduct pre-combat checks, inspections, TLPs and executing partnered dismounted patrols around FOB Sharana," said Moton.

U.S. Army Sergeant Adam Gramenga, a mortar man assigned to 1st Platoon, Troop C, TF Wolverine, and the most senior Soldiers attending the course praised what he learned during the two days.

"I came in with a biased opinion of the class, being a seasoned Soldier and it only being two days long, but I now have a whole new appreciation for it," said Gramenga. "Not only will I send every single one of my guys to it, I will try to go through it again myself. It's interesting to see the minute difference that each leader has, that, in turn, makes us all that much better, that much more effective in combat and leadership, in general."

But, U.S. Soldiers were not the only ones that learned valuable lessons from the training.

"The course was very well done and informative, we learned a lot. We can now teach our soldiers, our province and our Kandak the things that we have learned from our partners" said a sergeant from the 1st Kandak. He said the small arms range was interesting, learning first aid, checking for improvised explosive devices, and how to conduct formations and tactical movement were very helpful.

The fourth iteration of WLC is scheduled for late April. Currently, U.S. Soldiers and ANA soldiers from several different units are applying for admission into the 15 person course.

"In the end, we are dedicated to every small unit leader in TF Wolverine, validating their ability to prepare for missions down to the smallest detail," said McCoy. "We are looking forward to our Kandak partners leading U.S. small unit leaders' through their own leader's course, strengthening both our forces."

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