FORT KNOX, Ky. – Basic Camp (CIET) 6th Regiment, Alpha Company Cadets conducted team maneuvers and ambushes to prepare for future field operations as leaders July 25.
During the ambushes, Cadets attacked Southern Atropian Peoples Army (SAPA) Soldiers, before conducting the appropriate Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) search, clearing and securing the area, and then performing an After Action Review (AAR).
Cdt. Jacob Weatherhold, Valley Forge Military College, a native of Fleetwood Pa., acted as squad leader during the training and remained positive during challenging moments.
“We had a mission to attack SAPA and so we took a direct route and wedge formation down to the attack point,” Weatherhold said. “The hardest part of being a squad leader is being responsible for everyone underneath you.”
Weatherhold was honest about the mistakes his squad made during training and understood the importance of improving teamwork skills.
“We moved, we stayed together as team and we communicated. We didn’t have the greatest communication during firing, but my team leaders kept us together and used teamwork,” Weatherhold said. “If you don’t have teamwork, you will die out in the field. Teamwork is essential, all of the drills out here involve teamwork.”
Adapting to the terrain has also been a challenge, but Weatherhold said he appreciates the different environment.
“I like these lanes because you don’t know what kind of terrain you’ll be going through,” Weatherhold said. “Adaptability and improvisation are essentially out here, they are 21st Century leader characteristics.”
The Cadets will apply the skills they learned during team maneuvers to the rest of the training this summer, further honing their teamwork skills.