Starke, Fl. -
Two leadership lectures were held at the Red Horse facility located at Camp Blanding led by Encampment Cadet Commander C/Colonel Austin King and Encampment Cadet Deputy of Operations C/Lieutenant Colonel Amon Russell.
Cadet Lt Colonel Amon Russell opened his training lecture named ‘Intensity” that he defined as an extreme level of presence. He showed a visual graphic that displayed the Yerkes-Dodson Curve that represents performance vs pressure as a negative (down sloping) curve on a graph. Russell presented his list of concepts that constitute intensity. He said that intensity can include the level of volume in your voice when addressing others in a closed or open area.
Russell continued to describe presence as how you are perceived by you carry yourself including how you wear your uniform and your body language. Are you engaging or a fast-paced person? Be aware of nonverbal cues you project like crossed arms or scowling facial expressions. Your open or closed stance may indicate how approachable you may be. The volume you use in your voice can be heavy as in a command voice or a soft to normal volume can be inviting or nonthreatening. Russell said “Remember that silence can be a very effective tool.”
Russell said that leadership must ‘set a standard.’ It has two important components. The first is for the standard to be clearly stated so there is no doubt to the intent. Second, it must be applied consistently to be fair and accepted by your peers. Russell said “Create a feedback loop to monitor the standard. You may have to adjust the standard up or down to obtain the required results.” He emphasized that the feedback loop must have a link to the desired expectations and time frame. “Set an appropriate and realistic long or short time deadline necessary to complete the tasks” he said. People may give up if they feel the standard is unattainable.
Cadet Colonel Austin King discussed the duties and performance expectations at encampment. He said printed schedules will be circulated with times and programmed activities clearly listed with classes, set or rotating activities and meals.
He said “Transportation will be provided to any distant activity.” King also stated that there will be daily parade practice. The schedule includes many fun activities returning cadets look forward to including the Learning Reaction Course, weapons simulations, obstacle course and the repel tower. Camp Blanding also has a museum which cadets will visit during encampment.
He spoke directly to the Advance Training Squadron (ATS) cadre that leadership may also mean what not to do: unreasonable inspections and intruding on cadet’s personal time. The ATS squadron is comprised of cadets who have attended one or more encampments and are not serving as a cadet staff member. Their schedule includes additional leadership and training activities apart from the first time student cadet encampment.