By Jessica TackaberryNovember 26, 2019
FORT SILL, Okla. -- Field artillery noncommissioned officers (NCO) from across the Army attend the Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) to increase their knowledge, skill set, and proficiency in field artillery weapon systems at the Fort Sill NCO Academy.
1st Sgt. Clay Rose, ALC chief, said during the course NCOs teach each other to improve retention and share knowledge.
Rose stated that peer-to-peer training increases the Army's overall capabilities, and Soldiers will take the skill sets back to the gun line in their prospective units and increase the overall proficiency and capabilities of the Army.
"Learning from peers make Soldiers more receptive and the information retainable," Rose said. "It is increasing their confidence and skill set across the board."
An ammo team chief from B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sgt. Sethyn Reesen said that while they learn and perform the actions of a chief during a live fire exercise, "Learning other pieces allow Soldiers to be more lethal."
The NCO Academy here graduates over 2,900 NCOs a year. The ALC is the second course in the education system for NCOs. The purpose of the course is to increase skill levels at the section level to train, lead and fight.
Reesen said he was primarily brought up on one weapons system. During training here, he cross-trained in multiple positions on different weapon systems which he feels provides him flexibility and a better understanding of other field artillery weapon systems.
Reesen walked through the tasks of the section chief using the fire control computer. The computer is the source of information needed to send rounds downrange.
Sgt. Jordan Vied, a howitzer section chief from B Battery, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, said that the learning responsibility is on the individual, sharing information and learning from his peers makes the training successful.
ALC instructors graduate Soldiers who are ready to lead and fight with increased tactical and technical proficiency through field training and classroom instruction.