The Indigenous Approach

Young Lions Leadership Development Program

Oct. 30, 2020

Brigadier General Marks, the 1st SFC(A) Deputy Commanding General,  speaks with five alumni of the command’s Young Lions leader development program.


A 2019 Young Lions event held in Chicago was highlighted in SOCOM’s Tip of the Spear magazine (Pages 22-23): https://www.socom.mil/TipOfTheSpear/USSOCOM%20Tip%20of%20the%20Spear%20Dec%202019(Web).pdf

LTC Carl Benander is a Special Forces officer and the commander of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). With 13 years in the Special Forces regiment, he has commanded an ODA, SF Company, and Special Operations Task Force and has four deployments with Army Special Operations. He is a member of Young Lions Pride 02 from 2013.

LTC Brian Wong is a signal officer and is the commander of the 112th Signal Battalion, 528th Special Operations Sustainment Brigade (A), which provides communications support to Special Operations Forces worldwide. He has eight years in the ARSOF community, including seven years in a Special Missions Unit, and has been a critical player in the tactical network modernization efforts of the Army and SOF. He is a member of Young Lions Pride 02 from 2013.

MAJ Nicole Alexander is a Civil Affairs officer currently serving as the Secretary of the General Staff at 1st SFC (A). She has 10 years in Civil Affairs regiment and five ARSOF deployments. She was also a member of the Young Lions Pride 02 in 2013.

CPT Kara Hawkins is a logistics officer and is the commander of HHC, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). She has three years within the ARSOF community, including two deployments. She attended the latest Young Lions event held earlier this year.

SGM Chris Miller is a Civil Affairs NCO and is the Operations Sergeant Major of 92nd CA Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (SO) (A). He has 11 years in the Civil Affairs regiment and three ARSOF deployments. He is also a member of the latest Young Lions pride.

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