The Warrant Officer School of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Defense, hosted the graduation of 46 privates and sergeants from a U.S. Army-led “Warrior Leader Course.” Non-Commissioned Officers from the Armenian Army, as well as the Peace Keeping Brigade, participated in the one-week course. U.S. Ambassador John A. Heffern attended the event, as well as Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan.
Six soldiers from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization and Kansas Army National Guard taught several key classes during a one-week course which included topics ranging from “Physical Fitness Training” to “Troop Leading Procedures” to “Duties, Responsibilities, and Authority of a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).” The course was focused on practical applications, with an emphasis on leadership skills. Upon completion of the course, the Armenian NCOs will have a better understanding of how to apply basic leadership, training management, and warfighting skills in any environment in which they operate.
This course supports the U.S. mission to sustain strong relationships with other armies, building their capacity and facilitating strategic access, which will lead to stronger regional stability. This course was the first NCO professional development course in a series of three training iterations for Armenian non-commissioned officers who will continue to be empowered to carry out the planning efforts of higher ranking personnel and officers.