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NEWS | March 11, 2020

Virgin Islands National Guard completes OC/T training

By Spc. Deneesha Smith Virgin Islands National Guard

SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – Members of the Virgin Islands National Guard completed an Observer Coach and Trainers course at Fort Buchanan Feb. 5-9.

Instructed by noncommissioned officers from the First Army Academy, the FAA provided a foundation to train leaders on leading procedures, OC/T core competencies, lane set up, and after-action reviews.

"I will use the information received to continue to educate Soldiers, boost morale, help my fellow NCO battle buddies with the right way to train Soldiers to sustain, and to maintain training requirements," said Sgt. Esau Brooks, distinguished honor graduate and a member of the 610th Quartermaster Water Supply Company.

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the training audience, receiving feedback from units is a critical function for an OC/T.

The training covered the duties and responsibilities of the trainer and the proper way to facilitate training. "This training will allow Soldiers to understand exactly how training is conducted and the doctrinal standards to perform any task given to them, to excel to the next level," said Brooks.

"This training has strengthened my leadership skills, which is needed to ensure continuity of training for the Soldiers," said Sgt. 1st Class Fitzroy Tutein, member of the 786th HHC.

The OC/T course instills professionals with the knowledge to properly validate each unit at the home station and deployment mobilization centers.