Candace Ginestar

Army Master Resilience Trainer Course: An Overview

In November 2013, I was fortunate enough to attend Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) at Fort Custer, Michigan. The course is two weeks long.  The first week is Monday through Saturday, the second week is Monday through Thursday (travel day on Friday for someone like me living in Klamath Falls, Oregon). The purpose of MRT, as …

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My Experience in an Army Aviation Battalion

I have written a little bit about what I do currently, as a part of the Brigade’s Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Squadron. It’s been my experience as an officer, but today I would like to share what it was like working in the aviation battalion in my state. It is where I spent …

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Four Tips to Help You Prepare for the Army Warrior Leader Course

There are few things more exciting than career progression. A huge step for any Soldier is their first promotion into the NCO Corps. One essential piece to this promotion is the completion of Warrior Leader Course, which marks the beginning of Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). What should you know to prepare for WLC? What …

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The Army Distinguished Service Cross: A History and Overview

We have been seeing more and more Medal of Honor (MoH) awards lately (that have been long overdue), and that is the highest honor that could be given to any servicemember. The Medal of Honor is extremely hard to earn (mostly impossible for the majority of us), and it should be that way! However, it …

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Five Things Every Army Team Leader Should Know and Do

Being a team leader is where the rubber meets the road. I think it is one of the most important jobs in the entire military. It is the first leadership position one can earn, but also has the most responsibility. Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants, as well as the Commander and First Sergeant, get all …

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Top Four Mistakes That New Army NCOs Make

In an ideal world, we would be perfectly prepared for any job we get. We would know everything, and never make a mistake. We would be a combination of Audie Murphy, Douglas MacArthur, and Paul Revere. Well, reality isn’t always so neat and awesome. We are humans, we have a learning curve, and we make …

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