Meet Hank. Hank is a toy Soldier that I often take pictures of, doing various activities, throughout my day. Hank allows me to write about leadership lessons learned. This is the first of many posts that I will use to pass on my observations and experiences over the next year of deployment.
Hank pulls security for his battle buddies, be like Hank.
Pulling Security is a term used in the military to describe an action by a group or individual. This usually happens when a unit is being tactical and has to stop or halt. Individual Soldiers begin scanning around his/her position 5 meters out. Once complete the individual scans further to 25 meters out. Soldiers would usually find cover/concealment anticipating enemy contact. The security piece allows key leaders to assess and create a plan of action.
Key elements of pulling security for your battle buddies:
1. Always be on the lookout for your battle buddies.
In basic training you are not allowed to go anywhere without a battle buddy. Why? Because two heads are better than one, even in a learning environment. For example, If I forget my canteen/water source my battle buddy would remind me to get it.
Life Lesson: Do you only look out for yourself or are you looking to make others better?
Philippians 2:3: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..
2. Security means protecting your battle buddies.
In military training if a Soldier walks alone they are vulnerable. In life when we try to do it on our own, we are vulnerable. No man is an island.
We cannot do life on our own. When we try we isolate ourselves from others. We need each other to bounce ideas off of, for moral support, and for a shoulder to lean on.
Life Lesson: Do you try to do life alone? Who can you reach out to for support? Who can you be support for?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
3. Pulling security means, I got your back no matter the outcome.
There are moments in life that we must go through the fire for another person, country, ideal. Google, The Greatest Generation, and read about the sacrifice a single generation did for another group of helpless people. Pulling security isn’t a singular action, it is a lifestyle.
Life Lesson: We must decide each day whether or not we are going to provide security for our fellow-man or stand in safety while others are hurting. What will you do?
Proverbs 27:17: Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
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