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)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer visited Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command here, March 17, 2017, to assess the needs and demands placed on recruiting, training and retaining forces.
“The future Army doesn’t start when a Soldier gets to a unit; it starts today,” said Speer. “People don’t always realize that you can’t build and sustain an Army into the future unless you’re investing in the institutions that have to recruit and train them.”
Speer discussed initial and advanced training resources and future force development with installation leaders including Gen. David Perkins, TRADOC commander.
“The number one priority is readiness, and we cannot generate that without a well-resourced TRADOC command,” said Speer.
He also toured the Operational Environment Training Support Center, viewed skills training and ate lunch with students from the 128th Aviation Brigade. During lunch, Honorable Speer talked to students about the challenges the tight budget had created.
“The pace and tempo of the last 17 years, coupled with a shrinking budget has put an enormous strain on the force,” said Speer.
During a town hall later in the afternoon, Speer addressed his commitment to the Army’s fight to prevent sexual assault and harassment, referencing current social media events.
“I believe we’ve got the right policies and procedures; we’ve instructed Soldiers and Civilians about the proper use of social media and our expectations are that all people will treat others with dignity and respect,” said Speer.
The Army consistently reviews its policies and training for online conduct updating its Social Media Handbook and ensuring Army Regulations are current.
“While we can’t completely guarantee it won’t happen, there is a zero tolerance when we know there has been misconduct. It’s not acceptable, and we have to police each other and live the Army values.”
Looking to share insight on how the Pentagon has changed since the election, Speer explained that the Army is working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to conduct the readiness and national strategy reviews that were ordered by the President.
“One of the things that I’m very proud of in this Army is no matter which administration is in charge, the Army continues to operate and accomplish its ultimate mission to win the wars for our nation,” said Speer.
FORT GORDON, Ga. (Jan. 24, 2017) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle visited Fort Gordon and U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence Jan. 24. They were joined by Dr. Brooks Keel, president of Augusta University, a key player in a major upcoming project.
The trip came less than two weeks after Deal’s State of the State address, which he announced a $50 million budget proposal to build a Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta, Georgia. The 150,000 square foot facility will occupy the former Golf and Gardens property at AU’s riverfront campus.
Addressing a crowd of local media and military officials, Deal praised Fort Gordon’s leadership, adding that he feels well-educated on what goes on at the Cyber CoE.
“These military commanders are doing a very valuable service for our country, and we should all be proud that they are doing it right here in the state of Georgia, here at Fort Gordon,” Deal said.
Fort Gordon has been home to several cyber entities working together for very different missions at times, as will the new cyber innovation and training center, he said. Much like the Cyber CoE, he expects the new facility will have a huge economic impact on the region in terms of training and attracting businesses to Georgia.
“Virtually everything that goes on in our lives today is in some way involved with the need for cyber security,” Deal said. “Sometimes some of us wish that were not the case, but it is the world we live in, and it impacts everyone from the smallest community to the largest city that we have.”
Deal then touched on the new facility’s significance and scope of agencies involved.
“It’s designed to promote and to train individuals in this very important skillset,” Deal said. “In conjunction with the Department of Defense and the NSA, our facility of the state of Georgia will put our resources in a collaborative effort with them, and in doing so, I believe will put the state of Georgia in a very enviable position — perhaps at the very pinnacle — of this training that relates to an important sector that is cyber security.”
Acknowledging there will be obstacles associated with the new facility, Deal said his visit to Fort Gordon opened his eyes to one challenge. One of the more “interesting” things he learned was that although Fort Gordon has trainers with high credentials to train, those trainers don’t necessarily have knowledge of the “entire picture.” Instead, the installation uses students from time to time who have expertise in certain areas; a unique concept to ensuring qualified instructors, Deal said.
“We’re going to face those challenges, too,” he said. “Any field like this that is on the cutting edge and in high demand, finding enough qualified instructors is always a challenge.”
That is where working collaboratively with Fort Gordon and other entities will have a major impact in the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center excelling.
“This is an exciting opportunity … one of the big initiatives for the governor really to make sure that we have this range where we’re creating a workforce that is second to none and prepared to attract not only the industry that we want here in Georgia, but also to support Fort Gordon, the university system, Augusta University, and what a wonderful job in which they are doing,” Cagle said.
The project is too early in the development states to know how many jobs it will create, but Deal said he believes the number will be substantial.
The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center is expected to be completed in June 2018.
Rear Adm. John Clink, Flag Officer Sea Training, Royal Navy, United Kingdom, pauses for a photo with Dave Paschal, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy G-37, Nov. 1 at TRADOC headquarters on Fort Eustis, Virginia. Clink visited TRADOC to discuss the Army Learning Concept, or ALC 2015, and gained an understanding on the governance and strategy required for the implementation and sustainment of ALC 2015. Clink also developed an understanding of support structures and organizational and cultural change mechanisms that underpin ALC 2015. The two-hour session was conducted on behalf of Brig. Gen. Robert Ulses, TRADOC G-3/5/7.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked troops Wednesday at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for all they do in supporting security efforts at home and around the world.
As part of a multi-state trip highlighting Force of the Future initiatives, Carter toured Fort Leonard Wood and spoke with troops afterward.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to Army chemical, engineer and military police regiments, the Army’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, an Army basic combat training location, as well as Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force detachments.
SUPPORTING THE COUNTER-ISIL FIGHT
Training provided at the fort supports the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Carter pointed out.
“Right now, as we stand here today, evening is coming in Iraq,” he said in the afternoon talk. “Forces that your units trained here … are now deployed and are enabling the Iraqi security forces and others to destroy ISIL, which we will surely do.”
In the current battle to liberate the key northern Iraqi city of Mosul, both Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been trained and equipped by the U.S., the secretary said.
U.S. advisers to the Iraqi forces include combat engineers who trained at Fort Leonard Wood, and the troops at Fort Leonard Wood should be very proud of these accomplishments, Carter said.
Engineering training supports challenges in complex battlespaces, he said. For example, earlier this year Iraqi military engineers installed a bridge over the Tigris River as part of the counter-ISIL fight. U.S. Army combat engineers observed that project.
MILITARY SERVICE IS ‘NOBLEST THING A PERSON CAN DO’
Carter thanked the troops for all they do for the nation and the world and for the values they uphold. U.S. military members are respected around the world, he said, noting the United States has many allies because of the values the nation and its military members uphold.
“We stand for the things that other people want also — they want a better future for their children; they want the security that allows them to live their lives and do the things that make life meaningful,” he said, adding, “You make that possible.”
The defense chief expressed deep pride for the troops, not only for what they do but also for how they do it.
“What you do with your lives … right here is the noblest thing a person can do with their life,” he said. “Know that you’re what I wake up to every morning. You’re what I think about evening before I go to bed, and I’m so incredibly proud of you.”