FORT KNOX, Ky. – Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes, the installation’s new commander, welcomed the First Regiment of the Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) at the Olive Theater June 2, 2016.
“We’re going to put a challenge in front of you, then we’re going to dust you off and make you take a test. Eventually, what you’re going to learn is, ‘I can adapt. I can be agile. I can figure it out.’ I’m going to teach you that resiliency is what you need to be good leaders,” Hughes said.
During the welcome brief, Hughes emphasized personal courage as one of three key leadership traits each Cadet should take away from training.
“Personal courage is having the intestinal fortitude as a leader to raise your hand and ask questions. Always ask why,” he said.
Two additional leadership traits Hughes stressed were trust and resilience.
“Failure is the greatest teacher in history. You’re going to be more agile, more adaptive and more resilient,” he said.
Hughes said he wants to see the Cadets work together to be more efficient on and off the battlefield. “I want to see how you take care of each other. I need a community of leaders who collaborate – a community of leaders who trust each other.”
Those traits are developed during Cadet Summer Training (CST). “It starts here at camp. It starts when you’re back at your university. It starts in your homes,” he said.
Hughes mentioned the type of lieutenant the Cadets should aspire to be.
“Be the lieutenant who lives with the ‘why’. Always ask why. Leaders give the ‘why’ to their subordinates. Then – more importantly – always tell them why.”
Hughes wants Cadets to reflect on and apply personal experiences to situations while understanding different personalities.
He added, “What’s going to make you better and more effective is when you get out and understand how to reflect. While here, you can practice this.”
“We’re here to make you better,” he concluded.