By Maj. Alex L. Johnson, 104th Division (IET), Public AffairsAugust 21, 2013
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- At one of the largest CONUS training events held each year, Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), more than six hundred Army Reserve Trainers and drill sergeants found their summer home at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to support the U.S. Army Cadet Command's training and evaluation of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from across the country.
Reserve Officer Training Corps is a college-based program that trains the largest source of commissioned officers for both the Active Duty and the Army Reserve. Although the name reflects the 'Reserve', few realize the large role that Army Reserve cadre, trainers and drill sergeants play in the development of our Army's future leaders.
With the 104th Training Division Timberwolves at the forefront, they garnered support from both the 95th and 98th Training Divisions (IET), as well as USCAPOC, to provide Cadet Command and the ROTC cadets the best possible training experience. The 95th and 98th trainers and drill sergeants conducted Basic Rifle Marksmanship and ran the cadets through their paces for the APFT and on the Field Leadership Reaction Course. The Timberwolves were spread across JBLM North Fort and Main Post conducting First Aid, NBC, Confidence Courses, Land Navigation, Live Fire Ranges and more, while USACAPOC conducted Cultural Awareness.
The Reserve provides a critical component in the success of the Cadet Command mission. The Timberwolf Forward Support Element, a platoon size force, spent the summer at JBLM North Fort executing the coordination for transportation, meals, accommodations and other necessities for Army Reserve Trainers and drill sergeants as they rotated in and out for Annual Training during the two and a half month mission.
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