The U.S. Army Special Operations Command hosted a two-day visit for 22 civilian personnel selected to participate in the Special Operations Forces-Civilian Leadership and Development Program (SOF-CLDP).

The SOF-CLDP is designed to enhance the development of civilian personnel assigned within U.S. Special Operations Command. This visit, and field engagements like them, is intended to promote civilian personnel's understanding of the SOF Warfighters they support.

Day one of the visit, attendees were welcomed to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School for a command brief and overview. Visitors were provided a language and culture brief, after which they observed language training. Attendees visited the interactive USASOC Hall of Heroes Digital Memorial Wall and later had dinner at the SWCS dining facility where, Richard Holcomb, Deputy to the Commanding General, provided remarks.

"Our employees are deeply committed to their jobs and know how they support the command's 'big picture,' leaders need to continue to remind employees how important they are to the command's vision and goals, and provide them with the best possible resources to achieve the mission," Holcomb said.

Holcomb spoke on leadership excellence in USASOC through communication, linking individuals to organizational performance and resources, appreciative - inspirational leadership, professional development and career advancement.

"By sharpening the focus on professional development to enable our employees to master their career program and USASOC specific competencies, they succeed today and are prepared for the next leadership," Holcomb added.

Day two, guests had the opportunity to participate in a USASOC capabilities exercise. Guests witnessed first-hand, the operations, activities and actions of USASOC's specialized subordinate commands, consisting of the 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

After a Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System demonstration and a K9 demonstration, the exercise culminated with a ride by our guest on a MH 47 aircraft.

Visiting personnel, assigned within the Special Operations Enterprise represented were U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Naval Special Warfare Command, Marine Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command-Central, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Special Operations Command-Europe and Special Operations Command-Africa.

SOF CLDP goal is to broaden the professional development of civilian personnel through exposure to an array of topics that impact USSOCOM and relevant issues in the special operations environment.

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