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Massachusetts Leads Nation in Equal Opportunity Leaders Course 
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Equal Opportunity Leaders Course 
Members of the National Guard from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and around the nation, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, gather for a group picture after they completed The Equal Opportunity Leaders Course located at the Regional Training Institute, Camp Edwards, Mass., on July 23, 2009 (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael V. Broughey).
By Army Spc. Michael V. Broughey, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center 

Edwards, Mass. – Noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and officers from across the commonwealth and around the nation, including one of its territories, completed their training at the Regional Training Institute as equal opportunity leaders on July 23, 2009.

The Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, developed at Fort Jackson, enhances a Soldier’s ability to relate to fellow Soldiers and teaches a Soldier how to establish equal opportunity programs in their units.

According to the course description, Soldiers learn to manage conflicts and deal with harsh social environments through lecture, discussion, practical exercises and presentations. This will prepare a Soldier to handle complaints and manage the Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey.

Sgt. 1st Class William S. Harvey Jr. of the 661st Military Police Company, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, traveled the farthest out of all his fellow students but said the training will do a lot for his unit. “Lots of Soldiers are not familiar with the many EO violations or understand what it takes to create a safe working environment," he said.