I would like to congratulate you on your selection to serve our nation as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. The training you will complete over the 18 Weeks and 3 Days of the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) will be both mentally challenging and physically demanding. Upon graduation you will be a warrior leader, imbued with the Warrior Ethos, prepared to lead Soldiers through inspired leadership. I charge you to take full advantage of your time at Fort Sill by preparing yourself physically and mentally for the challenge that lies ahead.
This is an exciting time in your career and your branch as the ADA continues to evolve. With the emerging threat of aerial attack platforms and worldwide missile proliferation our branch is increasingly relevant as a strategic asset in the global war of terrorism. As an Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Platoon Leader you will be responsible for a myriad of military equipment and more importantly the lives of America's sons and daughters. I encourage you to reflect on this awesome responsibility prior to arriving for your first step of officer instruction as an Air Defender.
Be advised that the ADA BOLC-B website is constantly under review so check it regularly for updates. Attached you will find some relevant documents that will familiarize yourself with the course structure and policies as well as the current schedule. Also attached are the early reporting instructions for students arriving prior to the report date for the course. Please see the attached letterhead as it is what you will use to complete your first assignment. You must complete a one page biography in memorandum format to introduce yourself to your cadre and ultimately the Commandant of the ADA School. The reference you will use is AR 25-50 which can be downloaded from the Army Publishing Directorate website at the link below.
Additionally, you will need to provide a copy of your officer record brief (ORB) which can be downloaded from AKO. These documents are due to your cadre within the first two days of in processing. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me via email at email@example.com or at the phone number listed below.
FIRST TO FIRE!
JOHN A. PETERSON
Chief, Junior Leader Training