Leaders of tomorrow

A picture of the “Leadership Laboratory” land navigation and convoy debrief on the left. A picture of Drill and Ceremonies on the right.
(Left) The “Leadership Laboratory” land navigation and convoy debrief being led by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Braeden Ede. (Right) Cadet Third Class Jared Dunn (on the left) and Cadet Third Class Tyler Moore taking place in a Drill and Ceremonies.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to watch Space Force Captain Andrew Forsythe and his team of 95 Air Force ROTC Cadets (Detachment 440) conduct part of their training regimen on Francis Quadrangle. Captain Forsythe told me that the training regimen they developed teaches a blend of professionalism, physical fitness and management skills that helps cadets apply the principles of leadership both inside and outside the classroom. Even with the challenges of the pandemic, they have continued their mission of helping students become leaders of character.

One of the ways AFROTC Detachment 440 adapted to COVID-19 requirements was by breaking that training session audience into smaller groups, which also enhanced the personalization and effectiveness of each lesson. In addition, they’ve expanded their relationship with crosstown schools and military installations to provide more opportunities that accommodate social distancing requirements and boost hands-on experiences. For example, the AFROTC Detachment 440 Cadet Mission Support Group conducted a “Leadership Laboratory” at the end of January to train land navigation and convoy operations between the University of Central Missouri and Whiteman Air Force Base.

Together with the Army and Navy ROTC programs, MU has one of the finest group of cadets and midshipmen in the country. I’m so proud of their commitment to achieving excellence in their studies and in their training as they prepare to protect and defend our country.

— Mun