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Soldiers, Educators and Three Days of Impactful Collaboration at U.S. Army Leadership Symposium

Nov 14, 2017


On November 1-3, U.S. Army leaders assembled with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) for Leaders Building Leaders: A U.S. Army Leadership Symposium at Fort Leavenworth, KS, hosted by the Army Marketing & Research Group (AMRG). The gathering was exactly how it sounds: a group of leaders eager to dive into professional and leadership development. 

National Association of Secondary School Principals and American School Counselor Association at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. (Photo by Command and General Staff College)

The fifth annual symposium brought together thirty-five principals and counselors from NASSP and ASCA with senior Army leadership from the Command and General Staff College, as well as U.S. Army Cadet Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and U.S. Army Reserve to discuss leader development, student success and opportunities for collaboration.

Colonel John Oliver, Army Marketing & Research Group, welcomes educators to the Leadership Symposium at Fort Leavenworth, KS. (Photo by Command and General Staff College)

The event, hosted by Colonel John Oliver, deputy director, AMRG, gathered a diverse group of Army leaders and elite educators to collaborate and support each group’s goals while also gaining insight about the priorities of the organizations. Senior Army leaders shared their different backgrounds and experiences offering unique perspectives to attending educators. Major General Chris Hughes, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC) and Fort Knox, and Brigadier General Kevin Vereen, Deputy Commanding General of Operations at Fort Knox, US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), shared their leadership experiences developing young Officers and Enlisted Soldiers. Brigadier General Aaron Walter, Commanding General, 100th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve, brought perspective from his leadership development functions. Command Sergeant Major Luther Legg, AMRG, led a discussion on the Army’s investment in and commitment to education and training.

Major General Chris Hughes, U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC), and Brigadier General Kevin Vereen, US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), share their personal Army stories with educators during the symposium. (Photo by Command and General Staff College)

Highlights of the symposium included an early-morning physical training (PT) session and team-building exercise led by members of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion. Educators joined Army representatives for a PT session to get everyone’s blood flowing prior to a day filled with professional development and to experience a typical morning for a Soldier. Later in the day, groups participated in a “human-scrabble,” where they had to quickly determine a collective approach to take on a series of Scrabble-inspired word construction challenges, complete with a spirit of healthy competition. The exercise highlighted the foundations of teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving and adapting to a rapidly-changing environment, which are all essential skills for Soldiers in the Army.

The Kansas City Recruiting Battalion lead educators in an early-morning physical training session as well as a team-building exercise, called “Human-Scrabble.” 

Over the course of the three days, there was laughter, collaboration and further realization that the Army, NASSP and ASCA, together, can demystify the career and educational opportunities available to young people through the Army as America’s students continue to determine the post-secondary opportunity right for them. Soldiers, recruiters and education experts from the Army shared the ins and outs of Army Education tools and resources, including March2Success and “ROTC 101”, which are accessible via the ArmyEdSpace “Educator Toolkit” page. 

Educators collaborate during the symposium at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. (Photo by Command and General Staff College)

For more information and materials from the Symposium, visit the Professional Development and Leadership Symposium page on ArmyEdSpace. 





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