JLDX - by Cadet Michon Girardot
The Cadets of the CMU Chippewa Battalion had a flight to catch on a cold Friday morning. Landing in helicopters alongside cadets from the Michigan State “Spartan” Battalion at Ft. Custer, they were in for a weekend of training, tactics, and adventure at the 2016 Joint Leadership Development Exercise. Cadets had the opportunity to learn from the experts about engaging key leaders, establishing patrol bases, and utilizing radio communication. The next two days had MS III Cadets leading tactical operations, practicing land navigation, and working together to face the challenges of the “Leaders Reaction Course”. They finished the weekend learning the fundamentals of evacuating Humvees and practicing their marksmanship at the Virtual Engagement Skills Trainer. The 2016 JLDX was a great experience for Cadets to develop their Army skills and leadership, having fun along the way.