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JROTC students visit Fort Leonard Wood for leadership development
JROTC students visit Fort Leonard Wood for leadership development

Junior ROTC student Abigail Hamblin participates in a weekend leadership development event at Fort Leonard Wood.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 22, 2010) — Members of a Junior ROTC unit from Fredericktown came to Fort Leonard Wood recently for a weekend leadership development event ending April 18 and starting with students living in conditions that even active-duty soldiers would consider austere.

The Fredericktown JROTC Department is led by retired 1st Sgt. Brian Cofer, who was previously stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. His JROTC students worked with the MANSCEN Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and after an evening of fire guard and roving patrol, the students participated in training that the current Initial Entry Trainees participate in.

That training included completing several iterations on the confidence tower with direct feedback after each repel, as well as the team development course negotiating the challenges, and the confidence course at the end of the day.

The next morning, the students enjoyed some of the other sights and activities of Fort Leonard Wood before they participated in an awards ceremony with the NCO Academy Commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. John Longcor, during which he thanked them for their dedication and drive to fuel what keeps our nation great: our youth.

Longor asked how many students planned to join a branch of the military after high school; a majority of the students stated they intend to do so.

Cofer said the JROTC students and teaching cadre of the NCO Academy both parted ways with a newfound respect for one another and a renewed commitment to further this relationship with future events and continued support.

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