SANTA FE, N.M. (4/22/10) – In tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the Colorado National Guard, Soldiers of the Colorado Army National Guard's Officer Candidate Class 52 conducted a staff ride through the La Glorieta Pass battlefield near Santa Fe, N.M., April 22-25.
The event, organized by CONG historians Capt. Adam Morgan and Master Sgt. David Schmidt, the state’s newest potential officers were given a hands-on learning opportunity on the Civil War battle site – as well as Colorado’s role in the conflict – as part of their curriculum. Dr. Don Alberts and Mr. Flint Whitlock, both noted authors and subject matter experts on the 1862 engagement between the First Colorado Infantry and the Texas Confederates, accompanied the group.
Officer Candidate John Colin said he learned a lot from the experience.
"We discussed many different leaders during the trip through student presentations," Colin explained. "The discussions with the subject matter experts provided many positive examples of leadership and as well as some that were not so positive. Hopefully we all learned some lessons of what to do and what not to do.
"Obviously, learning from the past prevents errors and tragedy in the future – and in this case there are many lessons to be learned that transpose to the modern battlefield. The focal point in this battle came down to logistics which is something young officers need to incorporate into their planning skills."