February 2020 Issue - Northern Connection Magazine

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Military LEAP By Paula Green

Folks all over the country cheered with elation on January 1, as we not only welcomed in a New Year but also a new decade. As a bonus, this year, we celebrate the special event that only occurs every four years – Leap Day.


he origin of Leap Day is traced back to the days of Julius Caesar when the ancients were transitioning from the Roman to the Julian calendar. They determined that a solar year was 365.25 days. They felt that by adding one calendar day every four years it would balance the annual quarter day. While that could be considered a reasonably accurate calculation for their time, an actual solar year is approximately 365.242 days. Whatever the mathematics may be, it is fun to take a “leap” every four years. In the military, the term LEAP appears quite frequently. It has several different meanings and connotations. In honor of Leap Day, we’re going to look at a few of those. The Air Force term LEAP stands for Language Enabled Airman Program. LEAP is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) to sustain, enhance and utilize the existing language skills and talents of Airmen. The goal of LEAP is to develop a core group of generalpurpose force (GPF) Airmen across specialties and careers, possessing the capability to communicate in one or more foreign languages. Another military LEAP meaning is Leadership Effectiveness Attribute Profile. The leader’s attributes are the inner or personal qualities that constitute effective leadership. They may include characteristics such as vision, values, character, motives, habits, traits, competencies, style, behaviors and skills. In the Army – LEAP stands for Logistics Efficiencies to increase Army Power. Logistics is the transfer of personnel and material from one location to another. It also incorporates the maintenance of that material. Another thing that LEAP stands for is Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile. It is a lightweight miniaturized kinetic kill vehicle designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles both inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere. LEAP also can be therapeutic as in Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. LEAP brings horses and experienced, highly trained therapists together to assist those who are experiencing behavioral, emotional or psychological challenges such as PTSD. One such LEAP facility is located in Wadmalaw, South Carolina. Details can be found at http://www.leapinsc.org/ horseshelpinghumanity. Another equestrian therapy dwelling that assists military personnel deal with trauma is in Odessa, Florida. It is called Quantum Leap-Farm. They strive to help participants overcome physical and emotional barriers through their equine-assisted therapeutic programs. For more info, visit https://www.quantumleapfarm.org/about/mission/. n Sources: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/inside-extension/taking-leap-leap-day-history, http:// www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/leadership_attributes.html,https://www.rand.org/topics/military-logistics.html,


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