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I believe we need to walk the walk and talk the talk as much as possible. As a team leader I was able to be with the men all the time. The duties of Commander have somewhat changed my perspective and I have to look at training and operations. I must be careful not to get too far down into the grass and get in the way of subordinate leaders. I still participate when I can. I maintain weapons and PT qualifications with the team. If there is a physical gut check or an exercise to make everyone question their own their personal motivation I with them. Otherwise my job is to learn as much as I can about the big picture, to develop subordinate leaders and let them run their elements. The lessons I learn in this type of training and implementing those lessons with my team and our operations are my real life test exercises.