Fort Shafter—After a year of mentorship, self-development, development assignments, and a team project, twenty-five Department of the Armed Forces civilians have graduated from the U.S. Emerging Enterprise Leader (EEL) program Army Pacific. The graduates represented the vast Indo-Pacific region and included Ruben Moreno of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade.
“I saw this course as a chance to grow and learn as a leader,” Moreno said. “The EEL program extends the Army’s corporate leadership development efforts to emerging leaders and inspires, motivates and enlightens students who will become the next generation of Army business leaders.”
Over the course of a year, Moreno and his classmates participated in sessions designed to increase their personal and professional knowledge while developing leadership skills through experiential training.
According to 402nd AFSB Deputy Commander Joe Schulz, the EEL program is similar to the Army Sustainment Command’s “Journey to Leadership” program.
“The intention is to train future leaders in a wide range of leadership skills and to improve team skills and interpersonal relationships,” Schulz said. “Mr. Moreno’s nomination, attendance and graduation from the US Army Pacific EEL is an investment in him as one of our future leaders.
Moreno, a retired sergeant. 1st Class, has a passion for the military and for developing young leaders to thrive in their organizations.
Going forward, Moreno says, he wants to help young military leaders recognize their potential and continue to advance to positions with greater responsibility. “Ultimately, the future of the Army depends on these leaders. I want to make a difference, not only with them, but also with the army.
Moreno is already making a difference within the 402nd and the Army as a whole, while working full time and studying for a doctorate in management with a focus on organizational leadership.
The daughter of Moreno, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Samantha Ikahihifo said her father was her biggest inspiration.
“He’s a perfect example of a forward leader and truly the hardest worker in the room. Late at night, early in the morning, whatever my father will accomplish whatever he has in mind. His tenacity and dedication amaze me completely. He never complains; he just makes it happen,” Ikahihifo said. “I am a very proud girl.”
“His graduation is the start of a journey that will allow the 402nd to maximize the mentorship he received, the skills he put to good use as a team, the relationships he forged with other future leaders of USARPAC and future development assignments,” Schulz said.