FORT POLK, La. — Brig. Gen. David S. Doyle, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general, spoke to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, or “Devil Brigade,” leaders Jan. 21 at the Berry Mission Training Center, kick-starting the brigade’s Leader Training Program exercise.LTP prepares units before they “battle” through the crucible that is the JRTC Box. Units scheduled for a JRTC rotation utilize LTP as an opportunity to review and strengthen their ability to execute the military decision-making process by publishing a tactical operations order.Doyle shared his thoughts on what LTP may provide their unit, what they should expect during the program and offered time to answer any of the leader’s questions.“In my estimation, the LTP experience is the crown jewel of the JRTC enterprise,” said Doyle.“JRTC does things that home stations can’t — they may get close, but nobody does that battalion and brigade focus training that you’re going to get during LTP. The (trainers) are going to help you not only get ready for your rotation, but they’re going to invest in your people.”Doyle focused on three key areas for leaders during LTP: Guidance over doing, relationships and leveraging the LTP coaches. “First, allow your teams to churn, work and struggle — allow them to learn and grow. If you’re substituting for them, you’re missing out,” he said.Doyle went on to highlight the importance of relationships and team building during LTP.“LTP isn’t just in this building. If you’re doing it right, LTP encompasses what happens in the break rooms and at chow — these moments build bonds. You don’t want your relationships to be weak or so transactional that you’re unable to overcome challenges together,” Doyle said.Lastly, Doyle underscored the wealth of knowledge each of the LTP coaches maintain. “Leverage your coaches. These folks are hired for a specific reason — they’ve got the aptitude, skill, experience and a network that is unassailable,” said Doyle.Col. Theodore W. Kleisner, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn Div commander, said that he told his leaders to accomplish three things during LTP.“Get team building out of this experience, take advantage of the unique environment to do MDMP better now than ever before and demystify the brigade fight — there should be no doubt, only transparency, with what that means in this brigade,” he said.Kleisner took command of the brigade Jan. 11. This LTP experience, in preparation for JRTC Rotation 21-05 in March, is his first major training event as the brigade’s commander.