Scotch Plains Resident Graduates from Freedom Alliance Leadership Academy

James Leitner

DULLES, Va. – Scotch Plains resident and local student James Leitner has successfully completed the Freedom Alliance Military Leadership Academy.  The Academy is a unique summer camp based on the curriculum of the U.S. Army.  In its 10th year, the Academy introduces cadets to positive role models, teaches them leadership skills, and tests their resolve through rigorous mental and physical challenges.

“We are very excited that James decided to take the challenge presented by the Academy,” stated Freedom Alliance president Tom Kilgannon.  “Not just anyone has the skills, fortitude, and excellent physical fitness required to make it through this intense program.  We commend him on a job well done and we are certain that he will continue to do great things in the future.”


The Academy has positively impacted the lives of nearly 1000 students by infusing them with a sense of patriotism and a great respect for the military.  Graduates go on to become better leaders in their school, career, and community.

The two-week Academy couples an intense leadership training environment with challenging and educational experiences like a tour of the Aviation Logistics School and simulators at Fort Eustis, a Leadership Reaction Course, and land navigation and fire team tactics.  These exercises help instill in the cadets the core values of the Academy – Selfless Service, Courage, Teamwork, Integrity, Dependability, Responsibility, and Respect.  The cadets also visit historical sites, such as the monuments in Washington, D.C., to maximize lessons on selfless service and celebrating America’s achievements.

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