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199th Regiment (Leadership)
"Nous Sommes Prts"

The 199th Leadership Regiment is responsible for the Officer Candidate Schools and Non-Commissioned Officer education over the nine state Region F of the Total Army School System (TASS) which includes Louisiana, Texas, new Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. The Regimental Headquarters is located at Camp Beauregard and the First Noncommissioned Officer Academy [NCOA] Battalion is located at Camp Cook, which was recently renamed in honor of CSM H.B. Cook, the unit's former State Command Sergeant Major.

The 199th Leadership Regiment marked the start of the 21st century with outstanding accomplishments in the local, state, regional, national, and international levels of excellence.

On the local level, the soldiers at Camp Cook provided 4% of the annual blood supply for the entire central Louisiana region. The Louisiana Blood Center in Alexandria again recognized the Regiment's First NCO Academy Battalion as the largest donor in the area. Also on the local level, the First NCOA Battalion was recognized for providing mentorship programs at two local elementary schools.

At the state level, the Regiment won the Silver Excellence Award in the Installation Level Army Communities of Excellence competition. Also at the state level, seventy-eight officer candidates belonging to the Louisiana Army National guard's Officer Candidate School attended Phase I in Salina, Kansas for 15 days during June 2000. This class represented one third of the total number of officer candidates at the Region F consolidated phase. Additionally, the Louisiana Officer Candidate School provided the largest class to attend any Phase I of any U.S. State or Territory during this school year. Louisiana only lost two officer candidates due to academic attrition, which was the lowest ratio for Region F, demonstrating the caliber and preparedness of the Louisiana National Guard. The First NCOA Battalion enrolled and graduated more Noncommissioned Officer Education System students than any other academy in Region F.

In February 2000, the Louisiana Officer Candidate School passed an accreditation visit by the OCS Proponent School, the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, and was re-accredited/certified as meeting all the required and recommended established guidelines. In June, the last OCS Company in Region F passed accreditation including the Region's OCS battalion located in Salina, Kansas. The accreditation team exhaustively scrutinized all aspects of training, administration, personnel, logistics and operations. By June 2000, Region F OCS was 100% accredited. These inspections occur every three years and require intense preparation by all staff of the Officer Candidate Schools.

International recognition included a visit by a delegation from the Uzbek Republic. Further, soldiers of the former Warsaw Pact nations of Ukraine, Bulgaria and Latvia trained at Camp Cook, graduating from the Primary Leadership Development Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course and Small Group Instructor Training Course.

In recognition of excellence, quality and a winning spirit, the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy chose the First NCOA Battalion, 199th Leadership Regiment to pilot the newest version of its Advanced NCO Course. The pilot was deemed a great success and a new program of instruction is slated to begin in Fiscal Year 2001.

During a time when all branches of the military are seeing a decline in recruits, the 199th Regiment (Leadership) demonstrated this year that the Regiment sets the standard while others follow. Recently, the 199th Leadership Regiment answered the call for Operation Green, recruitiing more personnel than any other STARC element of the Louisiana National Guard in August and September 2000. The support of the Louisiana National Guard, the efforts of the personnel of the 199th Regiment and the dynamic and innovative means employed this year by the Regiments Command provides another example of Louisiana Leadership for the nation and demonstrates the 199th Leadership Regiment's motto of "Nous Sommes Pret", which means "We Are Ready".

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