Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, provost of Army University, and Dr. Greg Gunderson, president of Park University, signed an agreement July 13 at the Army University headquarters at Fort Leavenworth for the two universities to work together to seek collaborative solutions to address military-civilian educational issues that are in the best interest of providing a world-class educational experience for all service members.
Kem said the agreement was the result of months of work by many people from both universities. The agreement includes the potential to negotiate other joint partnership opportunities, the opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial research initiatives, a pledge to develop a reciprocal “visiting” professor exchange between the organizations, and the opportunity to collaborate on symposiums and similar events.
“We think this agreement will make a difference in the lives of enlisted personnel,” Gunderson said.
“Any change that makes education more efficient and more effective for the soldier is huge,” added Kirby Brown, deputy to the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
Army University is the premier learning institution for the Army, developing both military and civilian professionals who can understand and operate successfully within a complex future security environment. As such, it will transform one of the largest academic systems in the United States into a premier university system that harnesses the energy, experience and intellectual capacity in the Army to produce professionals that the nation will need for a complex and uncertain world tomorrow. Army University will accomplish this by increasing the rigor of the Army’s educational programs through broader accreditation, promoting greater collaboration with the nation’s premier universities and colleges, and improving integration among Army schools.
Park University provides university courses, credit and degrees as permitted by Park’s accrediting association, the Higher Learning Commission, which also accredits the master’s degree program at the Command and General Staff College. Park University has a long history of serving those who have dedicated much of their lives to serving the country.
USAICoE, Fort Huachuca command changes hands | Article | The United States Army
Soldiers, Department of Army Civilians, Families and friends of the Fort Huachuca community gathered to witness Maj. Gen. Scott D. Berrier relinquish command to Maj. Gen. Robert P. Walters, Jr., the new commanding general of USAICoE and Fort Huachuca.
Lt. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commanding general, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was the host of the ceremony and the reviewing officer.
“The MI Branch is better off today because of the tremendous efforts of Major General Berrier,” Lundy said. “Over 20,000 Soldiers across the MI force have been trained here at Fort Huachuca during his tenure. Every mission that the Chief of Staff of the Army gave him and every mission I gave him was accomplished and accomplished to the highest standard.”
Berrier, who took command of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca in July 2015, reflected on his tenure stating that it has been an honor for him and his wife, Annie, to serve on the leading edge of our nation’s defense at Fort Huachuca.
“It has been the privilege of our lives to serve here, and we are just so grateful for the two years that we had….we will always have Team Huachuca in our hearts,” Berrier said.
As a special feature of the event, Annie, who has been a member of Fort Huachuca’s B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) since 2015, rode in her husband’s change of command and presented him with an authentic 1860 saber replica which she carried throughout her time as a trooper here.
Walters, who is coming to Fort Huachuca after completing his tenure as the deputy chief of staff for intelligence for the Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the director of joint intelligence for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, thanked the Berriers and Team Huachuca for their efforts in making the move here easier for him and his wife, Nancy.
“Thank you so much for making this transition really smooth, and I look forward to working with you all….know that we will do our very best to support this tremendous team,” Walters said.
Berrier’s follow on assignment is military deputy to the director for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
FORT SILL, Oklahoma — Field Artillery Soldiers will soon be ready to test-fire the modernized Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment will undergo intensive training here on the latest versions of software before operational testing.
Due to the upcoming DoD cluster munition ban, the Army has been working persistently to provide an accurate and lethal substitute for the legacy Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) warhead.
After several months of developmental testing with a unitary warhead and proximity sensor, ATACMS is ready for Soldiers to man the cab of an M270A1 Multiple Launching Rocket System launcher and fire it.
“This new proximity sensor adds a great deal more to the effectiveness of our long range munitions,” said Staff Sgt. Joe Hawkins, a research development test and evaluation NCO with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Fires Test Directorate.
“It’s a real game changer. Similar to when the Rams added Kurt Warner and became the greatest show on turf.”
ATACMS will provide the warfighter with precise effects in all weather, day or night, and is capable of engaging targets with deep strike precision.
“Putting Soldiers in the seats of those launchers gives them firsthand experience,” said Sgt. 1st Class D.L. Green, a research development test and evaluation NCO with the Fires Test Directorate.
“It lets them be party to the development and testing process of their future systems, and it lets them be able to go back to their units and spread the word about what new innovations are coming down the pipe.”
Green looked back on his younger years, when he was able to provide input to a previous operational test.
“I was in one of those seats as a Sergeant. I was really impressed back then. At that point in my career, I had yet to even see a missile pod up close,” he said.
“And then to be able to send one down range and witness the effects on target, it was an eye-opening experience for me.”
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A new Army publication features audio, video, and animations to train units how to assault a position and how to defend one.
Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 3-90 Offense and Defense recently became available on the Central Army Registry (CAR): https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/ADRP3-90Supplement
“The new ADRP 3-90 is part of the Army’s effort to use multimedia to enhance learning,” said Dr. Peggy Kenyon who leads the enhanced electronic books (e2Book) initiative. “Some Soldiers learn from reading alone, but others learn best from visual and audio content. The interactive digital content in these publications will engage Solders and bring doctrine to life to help them understand complex concepts.”
Kenyon is the chief of acquisition and management with the TRADOC Capability Manager — The Army Distributed Learning Program (TCM-TADLP), Fort Eustis, Va.
To develop content for ADRP 3-90, Kenyon’s organization worked with Military Analyst Doug Darling of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
The new ADRP 3-90 Chapter 1 includes interactive content from the American Revolutionary War Battle at Cowpens. A series of graphics showing troop movements and accompanying text explains the battle and deepens understanding.
“At Cowpens, Gen. Daniel Morgan knew the strengths and weaknesses of his militia and Continental regulars,” Darling said. “Morgan knew that the militia could not stand up to a bayonet charge so he placed them in the front line. He told them to fire two rounds at the attacking British and then withdraw behind the regulars.”
Later the militia rejoined the fight and a counterattack that routed the British.
ADRP 3-90’s other interactive content includes narrated vignettes illustrating doctrinal concepts, interactive maps of common defensive areas, a powerful video on fratricide in Chapter 4, and a narrated video of the Battle of Khafji from Operation Desert Storm.
It’s high-level of web-based content can be viewed on computers, tablets, and smart phones. Some of the other e2Books will have less multimedia content, but all allow users to take notes, create bookmarks, search content and highlight text.
Besides improving learning, Robert Roberts, TCM-TADLP’s lead for interactive digital publications, said e2Books are designed to be easily revised to keep pace with the operating environment.
Roberts said TCM-TADLP is working with other Army organizations to produce e2Books including the living doctrine version of Field Manual 6-22 Leader Development. It can be found at: https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/FM6-22Supplement
TCM-TADLP is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center — Training (CAC-T), Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Its Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/usacactraining and its Twitter handle is @usacactraining.