FORT HUACHUCA, Arizona — Gen. Mark A. Milley, 39th chief of staff of the Army, visited Fort Huachuca Wednesday to get a firsthand look at the missions and training here supporting the nation’s defense.
Milley met with leaders from the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, Network Enterprise Technology Command, Electronic Proving Ground, Information Systems Engineering Command, U.S. Army Garrison and the 2-13th Aviation Regiment, among others.
“One of the reasons I came down here was to see how I could expand and maximize the capabilities that Huachuca has for the current world situation,” Milley said. “You’ve got intelligence, you have NETCOM and cybersecurity here at Fort Huachuca.”
Milley said he had been to Fort Huachuca before, but this day marked his first visit as the chief of staff of the Army.
“We have Soldiers cycling through here at an industrial rate,” he said referring to the 10,000 Soldiers trained each year in military intelligence.
“It’s not just Army Soldiers,” Milley said. “We train Air Force, Navy, Marine intelligence as well as our allied partner nations. Intelligence is absolutely fundamental, critical for the success of the military operations. You can’t get there from here without intelligence.
“You have to understand the environment, understand the enemy. That’s exactly what the Intel Center of Excellence does.”
After calling Fort Huachuca the “heart and soul of the intelligence community of the United States Army,” Milley went on to praise NETCOM.
“NETCOM plays a fundamental role in the training, organizing and equipping, but also the managing of the networks for the U.S. Army,” he said. “Fort Huachuca and those two organizations here are centers of gravity of two of the most important functions for operating.”
As chief of staff of the Army, Milley said in his role he has two fundamental tasks: the readiness of the current force and modernization.
“We have an existing Army, consisting of the regular Army, the National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserves, and I have an obligation to the president, to Congress, to the American people to make sure that force is at a level of readiness that can deliver options for the president to use in the event of conflict,” he explained.
His second task is “to look at future readiness, which is commonly known as modernization,” Milley continued. “So we have to modernize and improve our current capabilities and adapt to what we predict will be a future operating environment. And that translates into readiness at some point in the future, say 10 to 20 years from now.”
Milley said that Fort Huachuca plays a crucial role in achieving both of those tasks.
“Huachuca is the place that I lean on [Maj. Gen. Scott] Berrier to make sure we are producing trained and ready Soldiers, intelligence Soldiers, to make sure we can handle the current operating environment of today,” he said.
“Then I lean on NETCOM to do the same thing. When [Maj. Gen. John] Baker comes to me, I want to know from him how are we doing in defending the network and our readiness for network operations.”
Milley said there will be dramatic changes to the combat environment in the years to come, and the Army must be prepared for more dense urban combat situations and changes in capabilities, technology and readiness.
“I’ve leaned on [team Huachuca] heavily to help me understand what the future is going to be about,” Milley continued. “[Training and Doctrine Command] and, specifically, the folks here at Huachuca have helped me understand what the operating environment is going to look like in 2025, 2030, 2040.”
Acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer spoke to students of the U.S. Army Command General and Staff College during a visit to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Thursday, April 6.
The visit was a part of a larger trip, which included participating in the Centennial Commemoration of the National World War I Memorial and a new Soldier swearing-in ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Kansas City, Kan.
While addressing the students of CGSC at the Lewis and Clark Center, Speer discussed the importance of readiness — the Army’s number one priority.
“One of the challenges we face is how do we sustain readiness,” Speer said. “It’s not just about training alone. It’s the people around you. People have to be ready as well as the Army structure.”
Speer discussed the challenges of readiness in the current political and global environment military leaders face in today’s complex world.
“General (Mark) Milley spoke to Congress about this very subject,” Speer said. “He told them readiness is about predictability and time. Predictability in funding; predictability in training; predictability in family; and predictability in force structure to deliver modernization capability.”
Additionally, Speer discussed the change in force reduction recently due to rising amount of volatile areas popping up around the world.
“We were on a glide path to go down to 450,000 Soldiers by the end of this fiscal year 2018,” Speer said “We convinced then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter that we were just too busy in the world with growing concern in the Balkans and North Korea. So we were able to convince him not to drop down to 450,000 and bring the force to 476,000.”
Before the presentation, Speer meet with selected CGSC students and faculty over lunch. He then met with Soldier’s Medal awardee Sgt. Jeremy Dahlen, and the Secretary of the Army awardees Deanne Kilian and Dr. Adela Ganacias, all from Munson Army Health Center. The three recipients were recognition for their vital roles in responding to a serious incident at MAHC September 7.
The Fort Leavenworth visit concluded with a stop the National Simulation Center. Brig. Gen. Maria R. Gervais, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Combined Arms Center — Training, greeted Speer and viewed the latest Army virtual training and simulators. These included Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer, Synthetic Training Environment and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Training Simulations just to name a few.
“Gaming and virtual and augmented reality are how the Solders of today and tomorrow consume information,” Gervais said. “It is incumbent on us to make sure we are providing realistic training at the point of need whenever possible. Additionally, these innovative training aides provide low cost, scalable, multi-echelon training optimized for human performance.”
MG Bo Dyess, Acting Director Army Capabilities Integration Center greets his German Army counterpart, MG Reinhard Wolski, Commander, German Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre (ACCDC) on 6 April 2017. ARCIC and ACCDC are currently working on new concepts and capabilities to counter comment threats. Both Armies are committed to closer cooperation and to improve interoperability. This visit provided an opportunity to discover and discuss areas of common interest and efforts, especially as it relates to the new U.S. Multi-Domain Battle Concept and Army Warfighting Challenge #14-Ensure Interoperability and Operate in a Joint, Interorganizational and Multinational Environment.
Maj. Gen. Michael Edelstein, Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States, talks with Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during his first visit to TRADOC headquarters on Fort Eustis, Virginia, March 28, 2017. During the visit, Perkins and Edelstein shared views on the current and future direction of their respective armies. The visit also reinforced the importance of the bilateral Future Battlefield Annual Talks, which are conducted annually in June between the U.S. and Israel to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, common challenges and lessons learned. (U.S. Army photo by Clay Weis)
U.S. Training and Doctrine Command hosted representatives from the German Army to share an opportunity to exchange ideas on the new Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) Concept at Ft. Eustis, Virginia on March 30,2017. Pictured are Maj. Gen. Robert Dyess, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center (center, seated), and Col. Klaus Nebe, Commander of the German Army Main Liaison Staff in the U.S. (center, standing) as they discuss multinational implications associated with MDB. Warfighting function subject matter experts from Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and the German Army Liaison Staff identified and discussed challenges and opportunities presented by MDB and multinational operations in the future. (Photo by: Command Sgt. Maj. Lutz Koys, German Army)