NIOC Sailors Participate in Leadership Conference

Story Number: NNS150331-08Release Date: 3/31/2015 9:45:00 AM
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By Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Robert Hartland, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs

AIKEN, S.C. (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Georgia participated in The West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference held March 20 in Aiken, South Carolina to provide an opportunity for high school juniors to make ethical decisions and develop leadership skills.

The West Point Society of Aiken-Augusta sponsored the event, which took place at Silver Bluff High School, with 36 public and private high schools from the Central Savanah River area in attendance.

Officers from NIOC Georgia and West Point cadets provided lessons and examples of systems for approaching and solving ethical problems through a series of small group breakout sessions.

"The military is built on a sense of strong beliefs, principles and the ethical constructs that we use to be successful to execute our mission to take care of our Sailors," said NIOC Georgia's Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Caylor, who led a breakout session. "It becomes a foundation of our life and it's an opportunity for us to share that with the young people in our area."

Student delegates also heard from guest speakers about how values play a role in their lives, especially when difficult decisions need to be made.

"Leadership means getting people to do things they wouldn't naturally do by motivating, guiding and inspiring them," said Ronald Johnson, a 1976 West Point graduate and a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech.

NIOC Georgia members who volunteered for the event also led open discussions and guided the student delegates through scenarios that cover ethical approaches and consequences of stealing, lying and cheating.

"One of the elements of ethics we're focusing on is the moral responsibility not just for your actions but the actions of other people and that's where ethics comes into play," said Caylor. "That's important that these young men and women take that away and use it in their lives."

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