Fort Jackson will launch its quarterly Leadership and Training Guest Speaker Program Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m. at the NCO Club.

The program is designed to help the post's leaders retain knowledge and avoid attrition, said Maj. Ted Hart, deputy installation strategic planner.

He added that a lot of brain power exits in the Army and the leadership lectures allow former leaders to share their knowledge with current leaders.

The guest speaker for each meeting will be a recently retired three- or four-star general, Hart said.

Leadership principles are timeless and develop with experience. The program is meant to provide junior and senior leaders an opportunity to learn and interact with Army icons, Hart said.

"We have to take advantage of the uniqueness of the Army by pulling on those who have gone before us and have a myriad of leadership experience." Hart said.

The first guest speaker is retired Lt. Gen. William Bolt, a former Fort Jackson commanding general and deputy commanding general for Initial Entry Training.

At Wednesday's lecture, Bolt will give his presentation and then take questions in an open forum. In addition, participants will get the chance to meet Bolt after the event.

By making the source of the information accessible, the program will help junior and senior leaders capture knowledge, share it and make it actionable, Hart said.

Hart describes the program as "sitting at the feet of an old uncle who can give you some pearls of wisdom. It's better than reading a book."

The event is open to unit leaders and DA civilians in grades GS-12 and above.

Daniel.Terrill@us.army.mil

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