Ammunition supply soldiers take advanced leadership course … – La Crosse Tomah Journal

More than a dozen “89-Bravos” from Army units across the country completed training in the 89B Advanced Leader Course at Fort McCoy from mid-January to mid-February with the 13th Battalion, 100th (13th, 100th) Regiment.

An ALC is a branch-specific course that provides soldiers selected for promotion to staff sergeant an opportunity to enhance leadership, technical skill, tactical expertise and experience needed to lead squad-size units, according to the Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate of Army Human Resources Command. An ALC consists of both a 90-day web-based common core program and a branch-specific resident phase. For the 89B ammunition specialist military occupation specialty, its ALC at Fort McCoy is four weeks (two two-week phases).

“This is the second fiscal training year we’ve had the ALC here at Fort McCoy, and it’s going well,” said Sgt. 1st Class Doug Dobitz, course coordinator with the 13th, 100th. “In this course, future enlisted leaders in this MOS build their skills to not only become better leaders and supervisors but also better soldiers.”

Soldiers who are 89B-qualified are tasked with receiving, storing and issuing conventional ammunition, guided missiles, large rockets, explosives, and other ammunition and explosive-related items. During the two phases of the course, the students learn about advanced leadership and supervision skills required for their career field.

“It’s important for all the students to understand what is required of them as (enlisted leaders) in this field,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lester Hinton, ALC instructor for the 13th, 100th. “When the students leave here, we want them to leave with a renewed sense of what they need to do to be successful.”

Sgt. Eric Fairman, an ALC student with the 2nd Battalion, 309th Regiment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, said he was happy to

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