FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, stands for a photo with Brig. Gen. James Carr-Smith, incoming British military attaché, Sept. 13. During his visit to TRADOC headquarters, Carr-Smith met with senior TRADOC leadership including the command general, deputy commanding general, and Center for Initial Military Training deputy commanding general and the deputy director of TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center. Carr-Smith also received a broad laydown of TRADOC roles and missions, and together with TRADOC leaders, reaffirmed the key U.S.-U.K. Army relationship and focused on improving interoperability between the two forces. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney Speed)
Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning wants the nation at large to understand their Army better. His intent is not a personal goal, but rather a mission he has directed the Army to take, he said during a recent visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2016.
Fanning’s day began with keynote remarks at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Commanders’ Forum, during which he discussed his focus and priorities for the Army’s way ahead, such as resourcing, building the budget, sequestration and hot topics on Capitol Hill.
He placed special emphasis on joint warfighting as well as transparency and communication across the Army.
“We are a joint force now,” said Fanning. “We rely on the Air Force, we rely on the Navy, but they all definitely rely on us. Where that joint fight comes together in so many ways is on the ground with the Army. We need to think about that and talk about that differently than we do, and really embrace what we do in support of the joint force that nobody else can do in our military or any of the militaries in the world.”
Fanning addressed questions from senior leaders present for the forum, a quarterly information-sharing gathering that guides the development and execution of Force 2025 and Beyond, and provides guidance on the execution of TRADOC core functions.
He provided answers regarding cultural strategies he has observed that could benefit the Army for the future, possible risks and opportunities that may arise from the upcoming presidential election, the Army’s 2017 audit readiness requirement, and the merge of medical capabilities under the National Defense Authorization Act.
Fanning emphasized his intent for the nation to know more about their Army when he addressed a question on how senior leaders can tell the Army’s story as part of “Meet Your Army,” an outreach initiative where the Army is sending Soldiers and leaders out to communities where the Army has little or no presence so community members can get to know the Army better. He suggested that leaders tell stories “through the eyes of the Soldiers” because “those are stories that you can take that tell all the amazing things that our Soldiers are doing.”
The secretary also spoke with senior leaders’ spouses separately where he took note of and addressed concerns that affect families. He also stressed his commitment to the Army’s fight on sexual assault.
“We’ve done a substantial amount of work on response but not enough on prevention. I want to make the response part unnecessary and the prevention part right,” Fanning said.
Fanning provided his insight on linking behavioral health to suicide prevention and post-traumatic stress disorder, relating a recent medical visit he had when a brace was placed on his elbow. He alluded to the fact that many people would not hesitate to seek medical help when they have a physical ailment but that does not always seem to be the case when it’s mental.
“Most people’s brains are more complicated than my elbow, I think mine is,” he said. “Why would we have a stigma attached in seeing a specialist for the most complex organ in the body?”
In the spirit of seeing stories through Soldiers’ eyes that involve joint operations, Fanning concluded his trip by visiting with vessel crewmembers and Army divers of the “Army’s Navy” at the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) located at Third Port to get a firsthand look at how they contribute to the fight.
The large tug vessel master for U.S. Army Vessel Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott (LT-805), a large ocean-going tug boat with the 73rd Transportation Company, Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Sherman explained the vessel’s capabilities to Fanning, noting how joint missions with the Navy will provide anticipated savings for the sister service.
“Recently for the Navy we towed one of their tugs from Guantanamo Bay to Florida and we’re going to tow it back in the near future, and we also did a barge mission for them towing equipment,” said Sherman, the most senior tug vessel master at the 73rd. “All told, we’ll have saved the Navy about $300,000 instead of using contracted civilian tugs.”
FORT EUSTIS, Va., (Aug. 16, 2016) –Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy held a town hall with Soldiers from various units at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and attended an Army Innovation Summit in Williamsburg, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2016.
Maj. Gen. Saleh Mohammed Al-Ameri , commander, United Arab Emirates Land Forces (center), was hosted by Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general (left), during a visit to TRADOC headquarters Aug. 2-3. Co-hosting the visit was Maj. Gen. Paul M. Benenati, TRADOC deputy chief of staff (right). The UAE delegation included Brig. Gen. Al Mazmi, UAE Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché, as well as senior staff from the artillery corps, UAE Doctrine Branch and engineer corps.
During the visit, TRADOC and Army Capabilities Integration Center staff provided the delegation with key information about the TRADOC mission of designing and building the future Army; the ARCIC mission, vision, concepts and capabilities development; the future operational environment and threats; and the missions of the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training and the Center for Army Lessons Learned. The UAE and the U.S. have maintained a bilateral relationship throughout the UAE’s four-decade existence as an independent country. The visit enhanced the UAE’s understanding of the U.S. Army; its organization, operations and capabilities in order to operate more effectively in a multinational environment. The visit also strengthened the interoperability potential for both armies. (U.S. Army photo by Charles Winslow)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command recently hosted several guests from the United Kingdom during two visits in March. Check out the photos below to see who made the trip to TRADOC.
Edwin Mazzanti, deputy, Capabilities Development Directorate, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, stands for a photo with Brig. Gen. Martin Moore, Head of Capability Combat Service Support, Army Headquarters, British Army, at TRADOC headquarters on Fort Eustis, Virginia, March 3, 2016.
Mazzanti hosted Moore’s visit to ARCIC, which provided UK visitors with valuable insights on ARCIC’s Sustainment Division and its role in logistics capability development in support of Army Warfighting Challenge solution strategies and Capability Needs Analysis. The UK team also discussed how to make sustainment interoperability and theater entry integral parts of upcoming Army Warfighting Assessments and joint training exercises.
The visiting party included Col. Nick Luck, UK foreign liaison officer to TRADOC, Lt. Col. Stephen Caldwell, UK foreign liaison officer to the Combined Arms Support Command; Maj. Simon Townsend, assistant S3 7th Transportation Brigade – Expeditionary and two UK staff officers, Lt. Col. Mark Stuart and Maj. Giles Fulford.
The UK team previously visited the Department of the Army G-4, the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, and planned to visit the 7th TB (X) at Fort Eustis before returning to the UK.
Lt. Gen. James Bashall, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and commander of Personnel Support Command, British Army, stands for a photo with Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, at TRADOC headquarters on Fort Eustis, Virginia, March 7, 2016. During Bashall’s visit, he received several briefings, including TRADOC’s role in the Army, the Human Dimension, Army Warfighting Challenges, and Soldier training, education and recruiting. Bashall and Perkins discussed various topics, including gender integration and women in combat, the importance of foreign liaison officers, and the large number of similar challenges faced by both armies.
Representatives from the Danish Army Noncommissioned Officer School visited U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters Dec. 9, 2015, to gain insights on the roles of TRADOC’s Institute for NCO Professional Development, or INCOPD. Hosted by TRADOC’s Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport and Dr. Aubrey Butts, INCOPD’s director, the visit focused on the roles ofo INCOPD and TRADOC’s CSM. The Danish school team also visited the NCO Academy at Fort Benning Dec. 10. The visits provided an introduction to key U.S. Army institutions and concepts within the field of NCO training, education and development and established contacts between the Danish and U.S. subject matter experts for future exchanges. (Pictured left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. James Thomson, INCOPD; Dr. Aubrey Butts, INCOPD; Lt. Col. Hans Rahbeck and Command Sgt. Maj. Claus Anderson, commander and command sergeant major of the Danish Army NCO School, respectively)