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US Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade training forum prepares leadership teams for FY20 success

By Audrey Hill 3rd Recruiting Brigade

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U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade hosted a three-day training forum for battalion and company leadership teams here Sept. 20-22.

The forum was designed to prepare them to establish a way ahead for successful support of the Army’s fiscal 2020 recruiting goal.

During the training, which consisted of team building events, round-robin discussions, and leadership development exercises, company leadership teams received the tools and guidance needed to execute the mission and be successful in fiscal 20.

“This was like Christmas morning for me,” said Col. Eric Lopez, brigade commander, 3rd Recruiting Brigade.  “All year long I’ve looked forward to bringing together the entire command team to learn, build and grow as a team.”

“We covered a large range of topics across the spectrum of recruiting operations,” said Maj. Phillip Turner, operations officer, 3rd Recruiting Brigade.  “The brigade commander issued his training guidance and challenged the organization to win each week. Teams shared lessons learned, discussed challenges and opportunities, and took time to reflect on their leadership style.”

One of the team-building events was a Boat Wars competition.  Battalions were challenged to build a boat and oar utilizing nothing but three sheets of cardboard, three rolls of duct tape and a box cutter.  The battalion commanders then had to board the boat and race to the other side of a pool.  Chicago Recruiting Battalion designed the winning boat, taking first place.

“This was a great training event that each battalion and company leadership team will benefit from as we move toward winning FY20,” Lopez said.