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U.S. Army and NASSP Energize Students’ and Advisors’ Leadership at LEAD Chicago Conference

May 2, 2016

Each year at National Association for Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) LEAD conferences across the country, students and advisers sharpen their leadership skills to improve their school culture and community. For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Army joined NASSP in Chicago to host student and adviser workshops and discuss the Army’s take on leadership.

Major Martin Wennblom poses for a photo with students at the NASSP LEAD conference

The theme of this year’s conference was “Energize your leadership!” Throughout the event, students and advisors were challenged to think of new ways to be active and energized leaders in their schools.

During a “Mentors. Role Models. Recruiters?” workshop, Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) James Jensen, Battalion Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, discussed how the Army could help to mentor and build leaders within schools. Together, Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Jensen and the advisors brainstormed ways the Army’s expertise in leader development can be applied in classrooms and schools. During their time together, Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Jensen stressed the Army’s shared goal with educators to build better citizens.


Major Martin Wennblom talks with students about the seven Army Values during a workshop at NASSP’s LEAD Chicago Conference on February 13, 2016.

Later that day, Major Martin Wennblom, Executive Officer, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, met with more than 100 students during a workshop about the seven Army Values. During the discussion, Major Wennblom asked students to share examples of how they live by any of the Army Values – loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage – in their own roles as leaders in their schools.

Fun fact: Did you know the first letter of each Army Value spells: “LDRSHIP”?

The Army is proud of its partnership with NASSP and looks back on the 2016 LEAD Chicago Conference with inspiration and excitement, recognizing how bright the future is with students like those at LEAD getting ready to take the helm. LEAD 2016 is proof that great leaders never stop learning. Learn more about the Army’s partnership with NASSP here

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