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U.S. Army Partners with NASSP to Elevate Leadership at NASC National Conference

Jul 20, 2015

What’s a good way to gather approximately 1,000 Student Council members and advisors from 41 states? Invite them to a high school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference! During this three-day event, which took place June 26-28, 2015, students and advisors gathered to participate in professional development sessions, learn about valuable service opportunities and resources, collaborate and receive recognition for excellent student and advisor leadership and service engagement.

As part of its partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which oversees the NASC, the U.S. Army presented two workshops on leadership at this year’s conference. Captain Brian Francis, Operations Officer, Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, talked to a student audience about what it means to be a 24/7 leader. The second workshop, presented by Major Gary Katz, Executive Officer, Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, focused on using technology to lead for an audience of advisors. 

Captain Brian Francis and Student Council leaders compare leadership stories
at the NASC National Conference.

To open the student workshop, Captain Francis asked the students, “What makes a good Student Council leader?” In a matter of minutes, students filled a dry erase board with over 50 qualities that define a strong student leader. Captain Francis then described how the leadership skills the students are developing in Student Council apply to the Army’s core leader competencies – inspiring the students with examples of how his Army service shaped the leader he is today.

 After the student workshop, Major Gary Katz and Captain Brian Francis speak with Student Council leaders about their plans after graduation.

During the afternoon session, Major Gary Katz spoke to advisors about the challenges of leading a team spread throughout the country and how the Army uses communication and technology to lead teams virtually. Learning from one another, Major Katz and the advisors discussed both the challenges and opportunities that technology presents in schools and in the U.S. Army today.

 Major Gary Katz speaks to advisors about ways the U.S. Army uses technology to lead teams virtually.

The U.S. Army and the National Association of Secondary School Principals share a common goal to promote the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character and leadership development and physical well-being of youth. With the high leadership caliber of the Student Council members and advisors who attended the conference, the Army was proud to play a part in the three-day event and collaborate with some of the Nation’s future leaders.

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