Security assistance trainers provide leadership training for Armenian troops
March 12, 2014
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (March 14, 2014) -- Six military members from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization, and the Kansas Army National Guard, led a Warrior Leader Course at the Warrant Officer School in Yerevan, Armenia from Feb. 24 to March 1.
"This is in fact the first Warrior Leaders Course that has ever been conducted in Armenia," said Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Bootes from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization. "This course was instrumental in demonstrating the capabilities of a professional non-commissioned officer corps and laid the foundation for the improvements that they desire for the Armenian Army NCO Corps."
The U.S. Army Mobile Training Team condensed key lessons from the month-long U.S. Army Warrior Leadership Course into a one-week version for 46 privates and sergeants of the Armenian Army. Focusing on basic leadership and soldier skills, this "lite" version still had the same expectation, to provide a crucial step toward these Armenian soldiers becoming better NCOs and will have a better understanding of how to apply basic leadership, training management and warfighting skills in any environment in which they operate.
"For our militaries to work together [and to be] interoperable within NATO and amongst partners, the NCO corps is critical," said U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffren. "What this training is about and what the NCO corps is about is a lot more than actual warfighting, it's about leadership."
This is the first of three NCO development courses which supports U.S. Army Security Assistance Command's mission to help build partner capacity which will lead to stronger regional stability.