DVIDS – News – Female SFAB team leader strengthens partnerships with US military in Thailand.

HUA HIN, Thailand — As Royal Thai Army soldiers gather to discuss a recent training event with their U.S. Army counterparts, one U.S. soldier in particular stands out from the 200 other soldiers gathered.

While you might guess that what sets this trooper apart is his maroon beret or the upper level jumpmaster wings proudly displayed on the trooper’s chest, you’d only be partially right.

The leader of this highly skilled advisory team is one of the most tactically competent leaders of the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, his name is Captain Jordan Browder.

Captain Browder was selected to lead Maneuver Advisor Team 5323, a cross-functional team of conventional army soldiers who volunteered and passed a rigorous screening process.

The team includes experts in combined arms maneuver, usually a seasoned senior infantry NCO, a logistics expert, a field artillery expert, a combat engineer, a medic and a communications expert – 12 advisers in all .

Browder is one of the first women in the U.S. Army to lead a MAT in Army SFABs, a relatively new type of Army unit launched in 2017 that provides an advisory capability to U.S. allies and partners. in the world.
For Browder, a military police officer by trade, his path to the US military began in South Florida.

“I wanted to be a fighter pilot in the Air Force, and my parents definitely thought the military was just a phase that I would come out of, and clearly, I never did,” Browder said.

After the death of her mother at the age of 19 forced her to leave the Air Force in order to take care of her siblings and her family’s construction business, Browder has was encouraged by a friend to join the military as an officer through the University of Central Florida’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Browder aspired to be a field artillery officer, but in 2010 the field artillery did not offer advantageous careers for women. Browder chose military intelligence. It didn’t suit him.

“I didn’t really like military intelligence,” Browder said. “I wanted to be outside. I wanted to run ranges and lead soldiers in the field. I wanted to have a wider influence with the soldiers, so in 2018 I was transferred to the military police.

Browder had the opportunity to serve in a field artillery unit in 2012, serving with the 1st Battalion, 3/2 Stryker Brigade, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, where she was the only female in the battalion, in as the unit’s assistant intelligence officer.

There, a chance event happened, she met a young field artillery officer, her future husband, now Major Christopher Browder. It was sold in Jordan from the start.

“Jordan is an extremely hard worker who strives for perfection by starting with herself and then setting an example for others around her to emulate,” Major Browder said.

“She can read people with emotional intelligence very well, in a way that allows her flexibility in her leadership style to achieve unusual results with any team.”

Jordan proved this when she entered the 5th SFAB team as a captain, serving as the brigade’s provost marshal after impressing the brigade’s deputy commander, Colonel Andrew Watson, following a first interview in 2019.

Browder was given the Herculean task of formulating the newly formed brigade’s culminating training event, designed to certify teams prior to the brigade’s rotation to the Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center in November 2020.

“I thought commanding the company was difficult, but working with brigade personnel and planning their certification training events was extremely educational for me,” said Captain Browder. “I learned so much as a senior captain when in contrast most majors in an equivalent position in a conventional brigade really don’t get the opportunity to dig in and learn.”

Browder’s expertise and credibility earned him the respect of his non-commissioned officers. sergeant. 1st Class Cody Webster is the NCO in charge of MAT 5323, he is Captain Browder’s senior enlisted advisor.

“We were aware that the Royal Thai Army did not allow female soldiers in their maneuver units, our team was concerned about how a female SFAB team leader would be received in Thailand,” Webster said.

“The moment Captain Browder showed up and the team at the RTA, their behavior changed. The positive change and the relationships that were built through this interaction was something very unique to witness. It really made a difference.

Captain Browder’s team prepared for months for the Thailand mission with long hours of basic range and classroom training, culminating in their validation exercise in Hawaii at the Joint Multinational Training Center Pacific 22-01 serving as a liaison with an RTA platoon made up of some of Thailand’s most elite soldiers. One of these soldiers was 2nd Lieutenant Surayus Rungrueng of the RTA’s 112th Infantry Regiment.

“I learned a lot from Captain Browder, especially when it came to leadership and managing a team,” Rungrueng said. “He is a very considerate person who helped me with the operation orders and in the coordination of logistics.”

At the RTA Infantryman Expert Badge competition at Camp Thanarat, Rungrueng was one of 16 out of 166 competitors to win the coveted pin for his uniform.

Then he searched MAT 5323 to tell them that it was their mentorship that led to him receiving his BEI.

Browder is clearly making a difference in Thailand and RTA management is taking notice.

“In talking with RTA leadership, I see that they would really like to model a lot of their organizational tactics and operations based on American doctrine,” Capt Browder said. “They appreciate that the US military allows women to serve in positions such as maneuver advisor team leaders and access to leadership in all combat functions.”

Browder’s unit will only serve in Thailand for about six months, but its effects in the country could last.

“The RTA finds the concept of women serving in combat roles fascinating, and this is a step they would like to take in the future to allow their women to integrate into their infantry, artillery campaign and engineering,” said Captain Browder. mentioned.

Browder ignores the challenges she faces as a woman.

“The only thing that will keep you from succeeding in your career is letting your fear of failure get in the way, because failure is something leaders in the military need to be comfortable doing. that’s how you get better,” she says. “If we are not afraid to fail, we can go as far and as fast as we want, male or female.”

Along the way, Captain Browder demonstrated one of the most compelling aspects of Army SFABs, a captain’s ability to make a difference in a country with only the talents of their 12-person team and the strength of their personality, their personal tact. and intelligence.

Captain Jordan Browder makes a difference with his team in Thailand every day, effectively ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific while building a rock-solid relationship with the RTA.

Date taken: 22.04.2022
Date posted: 22.04.2022 13:13
Story ID: 419067
Location: E
Hometown: ORLANDO, Florida, USA

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