APRIL 3, 2015, SANTA YSABEL, Calif. (NNS) – The Center for Security Forces Detachment North Island hosted students from the University of Southern California (USC) March 28, as part of the Marshall School of Business 2015 MBA Leadership Challenge.
“The Marshall Military Veterans Association and Learning, Education and Development Program’s MBA Leadership Challenge is about two things,” said President of the Marshall Military Veterans Association, Nick Lingenfelter.
“First, it’s about teaching MBA students leadership skills that reach beyond the theoretical frameworks presented in the classroom. Second, it is about communicating to students the value of military experience so they will seriously consider veteran applicants when making hiring decisions in the not too distant future.”
Detachment North Island specializes in the Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) course. SERE is 12-day Code of Conduct course designed to teach students the skills needed to survive, evade capture and if captured, resist exploitation and escape. The training is required for those personnel designated as a high-risk of capture due to the nature of their military duties.
Set against the backdrop of Mataguay Scout Ranch, SERE instructors showed the USC students many of the survival skills taught to Sailors and Marines. Among the topics were land navigation, first aid, fire craft, water purification, food preparation, as well as, how to build a survival shelter.
“The SERE training accomplished both goals. The resourcefulness and planning skills we learned apply directly to surviving in a competitive business context. The professionalism of the SERE staff also left a positive and lasting impression on these future business leaders,” said Lingerfelter.
“Both the USC students and the SERE staff gained valuable knowledge and built camaraderie from this community service event. The instructors and I were pleased to serve as an enabler for the exchanging of ideas to enhancing the local community through community service,” said Marine Corps Capt. George Stegmiller. Stegmiller serves as the senior Marine Corps representative at Detachment North Island.
The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 28,000 students each year. It has 14 training locations across the United States and around the world where training breeds confidence.