After a long-day of training, Indianapolis Battalion Soldiers relax and play cornhole during the no-host social. (Left to right: Sgt. Jared Martin, Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Hannah, Sgt. 1st Class Chad Hill, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Batten)
By Joseph Jobin
Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion
August 01, 2016
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion Soldiers sharpened leadership skills and increased esprit de corps during Center Leader Quarterly Leadership Development training here July 23.
Center leaders and company command teams from Indiana and Illinois participated in the two-day teambuilding event.
"The commanding general says center leaders are [U.S. Army Recruiting Command's] center of gravity," said Lt. Col. Scott Daulton, the battalion's commander. "By conducting these CLQLDs, we are protecting our center of gravity by training our center leaders, helping them perfect the tools they have in their kit bags, and adding a few more as well."
The training, conducted at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center here, focused on basic recruiting tasks, such as systems discipline, center level awareness and briefing skills.
"While each segment of classroom work is vitally important, it is equally imperative to host the event in an area that gets people out of the ordinary mode and allows for some team building in a pretty cool environment," Daulton said.
The secluded and self-contained 1,000-acre site is evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training environment.
"It's exactly the sort of place to go for some quality team building," Daulton said. "It's too far away from civilization for people to go off on their own direction when we're not training, providing a great opportunity for socialization."
Fairview Heights Company 1st Sgt. William Boettcher said coming together to train, crosstalk and socialize is very beneficial for geographically dispersed teammates.
"It gives the Soldiers an ability to see us in a different light," Boettcher said. "As opposed to the day-to-day grind, which can make us seem robotic, events like this give us an opportunity to let our hair down, giving them the ability to see our human side."
The training wrapped up with a paintball battle pitting Illinois Soldiers against Indiana Soldiers.
"The job can be very stressful," said Sgt. 1st Class Gaytha Ratzloff, center leader in Pekin, Illinois. "Paintball is a perfect way for us to relieve some of those pressures and bond together as a group."
The 3rd Recruiting Brigade commander, Col. Wayne Hertel, donned his paintball mask and joined the fun.
"It is great getting a chance just seeing the high morale of this formation," Hertel said. "Esprit de corps can carry you a long way. I am glad I had the opportunity to come over here and witness the Champions doing champions' business."
Daulton said the real winners of this training are the center leaders and company command teams.
"They came together as a team and performed to the Champions' standard during all segments of the operation," Daulton said.