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    Posted May 30, 2014 by
    Fort Carson, Colorado

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    CAB mentorship teaches leadership

    Rigorous, relevant and realistic training.

    This was the model used to teach Soldiers and leaders of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, during leader mentorship training on Fort Carson, May 15, 2014.

    “Mentorship training was conducted to set positive conditions to help mentor the junior officers of the unit,” said Maj. Eric Megerdoomian, executive officer, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th CAB.

    “The intent is developing trust and sense of value from the mentor,” he said. “We created this by doing the hard, important and real training that will challenge the officers.”

    4th CAB officers conducted training that depicted the worst-case scenarios that the leaders might be presented with in their future.

    “We want our leaders to be able to react quickly if they get shot down in an unsafe environment,” said Megerdoomian. “We also want them to be able to use the newest radio equipment, conduct self-extraction from hostile areas, and to evacuate an injured Soldier and perform other important medical procedures.”

    The officers received important training that will help them lead Soldiers when they return to their units.

    “The mentorship taught us to look beyond the tasks at hand, identify why a leader is doing the mission, and what a leader needs to do to complete the objective of the overall mission,” said 1st Lt. Clayton Hancock, assistant operations officer, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Avn. Reg. “This mindset will help leaders give their Soldiers motivation to fight and help them to become more efficient at their warrior tasks.”

    Medical professionals from 4th ARB, 4th CAB, provided medical training they believe is an important asset that the officers can take back to their units.

    “We provided a medical noncommissioned officer, flight surgeon and a physician assistant to give the best medical training to our officers,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Quiroz, medical noncommissioned officer, 4th ARB. “We want them to be confident and able to perform treatments at a moment’s notice. The training allows them to face adverse medical scenarios to know what right is and be able to properly train their Soldiers.”

    Junior officers said they look forward to teaching their Soldiers about the philosophies of leadership they learned from the mentorship training.

    “I plan on taking the things I’ve learned from the mentorship (training) and implement some small group tactical training for my Soldiers,” said Hancock. “This type of training is the framework for teamwork. This is the best mentorship training I’ve had, which teaches both strategy and tactics.”
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