FORT KNOX, Ky. – 6th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Alpha Company Cadets developed tactical leadership at the Leader Training Field Exercise (LTFX) course July 29.
LTFX provides an open space for Cadets to put their tactical team leadership skills to the test when carrying out Recon, Ambush and React to Contact missions. Capt. Dave Tanner, Assistant Professor of Military Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Officer in Charge (OIC) of Patrol Base 4, said this exercise has a steep learning curve.
“We aren’t here to make things easy for the Cadets, we are here to make them better. A big part of that is the 21st century Soldier competencies,” said Tanner. “A big one is adaptability. Very few of them have had experiences like this staying overnight in the elements and the tactical missions that they get.”
“We want to see them be resilient and be able to overcome things. But they don’t do it as individuals, they do it as a team and rely on each other,” he added.
Cdt. Ryan Perrilo, Clarkson University, was excited about the performance of his team.
“The first time we were up here it rained a lot and we weren’t really prepared for that, to stay in it and some of our gear is still soaked through,” said Perrilo. “They’re just throwing situations at you left and right and you have to constantly be thinking, no matter what the task is. At first it was difficult and we weren’t getting it at all, but working as a team we have adapted and were thinking quicker, on our feet.”