CAB NCO earns two of three class awards during WLC
Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, right, presents Sgt. Andrew Rowe, 116th MP Co., left, with an Army Commendation Medal Aug. 12 during a Warrior Leader Course graduation ceremony at King Field House. Rowe was the distinguished honor graduate for Class 713-11.
Story by: Mollie Miller
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A strong desire to learn all he could during his time at the Warrior Leader Course recently earned one Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Soldier two of three class awards, a feat nearly unheard of at the Fort Riley course.
Cpl. Blair Brice, Company D, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, CAB, was presented the Command Sgt. Maj. William Wooldridge Leadership award and the Sgt. Joe Louis Army Physical Fitness Test award during a graduation ceremony Aug. 12 at King Field House. Sgt. Andrew Rowe, 116th Military Police Company, received the Sgt. 1st Class Francis R. Webb Distinguished Honor Graduate award.
"I didn't come into this trying to win any awards, I just wanted to give it my all," Brice said following the ceremony. "I wanted to give (this class) everything I had, and I think I did that."
The Warrior Leader Course, the first leadership course noncommissioned officers attend, offers instruction on the basic skills Soldiers need to lead small groups. WLC students learn about topics including training management, map reading, land navigation, drill and ceremony and leadership skills during the two-week course.
"We teach them the basic information they need to be a good leader," WLC Commandant 1st Sgt. Keven Grunwald said. "We teach them the importance of knowing their jobs, knowing their Soldiers and knowing their Soldiers' Families."
The ceremony's guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Don Wright, senior noncommissioned officer, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., said the 114 WLC graduates of WLC Class 713-11 will carry a heavy load in the years ahead as the Army moves forward to address global challenges whenever and wherever they arise.
"The future of our Army relies on the leadership of these Soldiers," he said.
Brice, who will begin the Advanced Leaders Course shortly, said great NCOs like Staff Sgt. Brian Kupsov have set a high standard when it comes to caring for Soldiers, and he is looking forward to enhancing his own leadership skills in order to be the best NCO he can for his future teams.
"A good leader is someone who takes care of their Soldiers, and that is what I am going to do," he said.