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Field Artillery experts advance peer-to-peer training at NCO academy

By Jessica Tackaberry | Fires Center of Excellence | Dec. 2, 2019

FORT SILL, Okla. —

Field artillery noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, from across the Army attend the Advanced Leaders Course to increase their knowledge, skill set and proficiency in field artillery weapon systems at the Fort Sill NCO Academy.

The NCO Academy graduates more than 2,900 NCOs each year. The ALC is the second course in the education system for NCOs. The purpose of the course is to increase skill levels at the section level to train, lead and fight.

ALC Chief ,1st Sgt. Clay Rose, said that NCOs teach each other to improve retention and share knowledge during the course.

Rose stated that peer-to-peer training increases the Army's overall capabilities. Soldiers will take the skill sets back to the gun line in their prospective units and increase the overall proficiency and capabilities of the Army.

"Learning from peers make Soldiers more receptive and the information retainable," Rose said. "It is increasing their confidence and skill set across the board."

Sgt. Jordan Vied, a howitzer section chief from B Battery, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, at Fort Stewart, Georgia, said that sharing information and learning from his peers makes the training successful.

Sgt. Sethyn Reesen, an ammo team chief from B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was primarily brought up on one weapons system.

During his time here, he crosstrained in multiple positions on different weapon systems. He feels the experience provides him flexibility and a better understanding of other field artillery weapon systems.

He also walked through the tasks of the section chief using the fire control computer, the information source needed to send rounds downrange.

Reesen said that while they learn and perform the actions of a chief during a live fire exercise, "Learning other pieces (of field artillery) allow Soldiers to be more lethal."

ALC instructors graduate Soldiers who are ready to lead and fight with increased tactical and technical proficiency through field training and classroom instruction.