Operation Upward Minuteman 2019 Kicks Off With Opening Ceremony

Operation Upward Minuteman 2019 Kicks Off With Opening Ceremony

Botswanan Defense Force Chaplain, Lt. Col. Nigel Mokubung gives a benediction during the opening ceremony for Upward Minuteman 2019 at the Thebephatshwa Airbase in Botswana on July 11, 2019. More than 170 Army and Air Guardsmen from North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey traveled to Botswana to participate in Upward Minuteman 2019, a U.S. Africa Command exercise promoting the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Programs on the African Continent. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell)
Operation Upward Minuteman 2019 Kicks Off With Opening Ceremony

NCNG OCS students learn leadership by studying historical battles

The tradition of the Staff Ride dates back to the early 1900s when Maj. Eben Swift, the assistant commandant of the General Service and Staff School Fort Leavenworth, Kansas would take students to visit Civil War battlefields.

Today, units across the Army, like the North Carolina National Guard’s 139th Regional Training Institute, still conduct Staff Rides as a way to enhance professional military education and training.