During his visit, McCarthy received a briefing on the scope and scale of TRADOC’s mission, including Army growth requirements and future battle capabilities.
“The Army must always be manned, trained, equipped and ready to fight,” said McCarthy. “Readiness is essential to protect our nation and secure our vital interests against determined and capable enemies.”
As an Army veteran, McCarthy said he is focused on the Army’s modernization efforts to prepare today’s Soldiers for tomorrow’s fight.
“Our foremost responsibility is to deliver ready, trained and equipped forces that meet the operational demands put before us,” he said. “The Army must have a consistent approach to modernization that promotes future readiness.”
McCarthy saw first-hand how such modernization is already being implemented at Fort Eustis. TRADOC’s Operational Environmental Training Support Center creates virtual battlespaces of tomorrow to provide Soldiers with as realistic of a training environment as possible.
“Investments [like this] can rapidly develop our capabilities,” he said. “Making the hard choices will ensure we can shape, fight and win decisively across all domains on today’s complex battlefields.”
Pictured above: Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy stands for a photo with Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during McCarthy’s visit to TRADOC headquarters Aug. 10, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Shama Crumes)
JOINT BASE LANGLEY EUSTIS, Va. – Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command hosted a Quarterly Commanders’ Forum, which brought 190 senior leaders and their spouses together from around the command to Fort Eustis, August 2-3, 2017.
This forum provides an opportunity for information exchange and discussion on initiatives related to the core functions TRADOC performs for the Army. It also focuses on topics necessary to guide the development and execution of Force 2025 and Beyond.
One of the highlights included a review of selected Army Warfighting Challenges to identify gaps and solution sets across the domains of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development, personnel and facilities. There was also a “How the Army Fights” exercise and a synchronization brief on operations and resourcing.
There were a lot of leader transitions this summer, so the TRADOC Commander, Gen. David Perkins, opened the two-day conference by explaining what TRADOC is for.
“If you don’t know what you are for, then how do you know what to do?” asked Perkins during the TRADOC 101 brief. He went on to explain how TRADOC is responsible for designing, improving, acquiring and building the Army. TRADOC designs the Army by serving as the architect of the future force; improves the Army by creating or updating doctrine; acquires the Army by recruiting the right Soldiers to do the right jobs; and builds the Army by providing foundational training for enlisted Soldiers and officers and inculcating new Soldiers into the Army profession.
After the TRADOC 101 brief, the spouses followed a separate agenda of breakout sessions, which are only offered yearly. The breakouts were designed to offer professional development and networking opportunities to inspire, motivate and connect military spouses facing TRADOC-unique challenges.
One session, the senior spouse panel, was led by the TRADOC commander’s wife, Ginger Perkins. Other seasoned spouses on the panel included Sharon Dyess, Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost, Claudia Davenport and Chris Gervais, who shared their experiences and lessons learned.
“One of my greatest challenges is to stay balanced all the way around,” said Dyess, who has been married to Maj. Gen. Robert “Bo” Dyess, acting director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, for more than 30 years. Dyess said she maintains balance by having daily touch points in her four foundational areas, which are: her personal family, the Army family, her faith family and her community family.
Gervais, who is married to Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center –Training, also echoed that finding the right balance is necessary. “We plan family time and enforce it,” Gervais said.
But the best advice for TRADOC spouses, according to Davenport, who is married to TRADOC’s senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, is “know when to just say no.” Saying yes to too many obligations means you will drop something, and that does not help the Army family, she said.
Pictured above: Gen. David Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command provides opening remarks to leaders from across the command during the 2016 TRADOC Commanders’ Forum at Jacobs Theater, Fort Eustis, Va., Aug. 24. (U.S. Army photo by Supunnee Ulibarri)
FORT EUSTIS, Virginia – To win big, you can’t do it alone. At least, that’s how Maj. Jason Nagel described how he felt when he received the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command 2016 Instructor of the Year Award in the Army Reserve category at an awards ceremony held here Aug. 3, 2017.
Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Nagel is assigned to the 11th Battalion, 95th Regiment, 97th Training Brigade, 100th Training Division. He explained that his winning the TRADOC IOY Award reflects the team effort that earned him the title.
“I am honored and humbled being part of this ceremony with these other great instructors. It reminds me of all the people who have helped shape me as an Army Reserve instructor,” said Nagel. “To me, this is really a team award through my fellow instructors and my leadership who have supported me to get to this point.”
Immediately after the awards ceremony, a separate ceremony was held for Nagel in which he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. His wife, Mandi, and Lt. Col. Ricky Herron, 11th Battalion commander, pinned on his rank.
Nagel serves as a classroom instructor/facilitator, for National Guard and Army Reserve field grade officers, in phases one and two of the three-phase Command and General Staff Officers College. He helps bring out their ideas, their interpretations of different types of leadership and structure, and how they see where the Army is going.
“I think we, as Soldiers, are good at thinking at the tactical level,” he said. “However, in these classes, I’m challenging my students to think at strategic and operational levels. I get them to think about the policies from our chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president, and how these policies affect us at our level and the way ahead.”
Nagel explained that the style of Army learning has changed over recent years. He said that, in the past, students were given information and talked to.
“They would be spoken to, as if we were spoon feeding them what we wanted them to know,” he said. “It’s very different now, because we (instructors) encourage them to become part of the conversation. I draw out their knowledge and experiences, so they are an integral part of their own learning. As an instructor/facilitator, being organized, knowing the material, and directing the conversations and learning are key.”
The eight-month-long phase two of the CGSOC is the longest phase of training for the students. Having small teacher-to-student ratios, plus the course length, allows Nagel to build positive relationships with the Soldiers. Not all students learn in the same way, he explained, but that’s one of the aspects he enjoys about his job. “It’s not just them learning from me,” he said. “I have found there’s always a wealth of knowledge in every classroom. This (job) affords me great opportunities where I learn a lot from them, too.”
In addition to his instructor/facilitator role, Nagel also serves as a mentor to his students in their military career progression. “I like to ask them, ‘Where are you going to be in five or 10 years from now? Although things may change tomorrow, you still need to have a plan,” he said.
On the civilian side, Nagel teaches geography at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana, where he lives with his wife and three children. With more than 23 years in the Army, plus 11 years teaching geography, his passion for life-long learning is evident. “Everything I do is built on my learning philosophy, which is to build real and lasting connections with people on a personal level, and to affect positive change,” he said.
Reflecting on her husband’s passion for teaching, Mandi said that she is “super excited” about her husband receiving the TRADOC 2016 IOY Award. She said that he has always displayed a strong work ethic and brings a lot of energy to everything he puts his mind to. “Jason’s personality and drive are contagious,” she said. “He’s just an amazing person to be around.”
In the larger picture of the Army Reserve, Nagel recognizes that he is shaping future leaders. He believes that Army Reserve instructors are essential to the Reserve’s mission to deploy capable, combat-ready, and lethal units and individual soldiers who are trained and equipped to meet the operational needs of the Army and the joint warfighting environment to win the Nation’s wars.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leaders recognized the best instructors in the Army during a ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club Aug. 3.
The ceremony, held in conjunction with the TRADOC Commanders Forum, provided an opportunity for the command to acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of the most outstanding officer, enlisted and civilian instructors.
“I think it’s very appropriate that we use this venue to recognize the instructors of the year because what we are trying to do is signify excellence and show this is what right looks like,” said Gen. David Perkins, TRADOC commanding general. “If you want to change the Army – which is what we are for – we have people like this to make it happen.”
As Perkins explained how TRADOC drives change in the Army, he said the intellectual must drive the physical, and that’s where the instructors come in.
“You’ve got to have the intellectual background, the intellectual thought and rigor that goes into it before you get change, and that’s really what these instructors do – they provide that intellectual momentum to drive change,” he said.
Of the thousands of instructors who drive change throughout the Army, 64 candidates from Army schools and centers of excellence as well as the Guard and Reserve competed for the title of top instructor in their respective category. Of those 64, seven were chosen based on their technical and tactical knowledge, communication skills, military bearing and appearance.
TRADOC announced the winners in April, notifying them they would travel to Fort Eustis for the formal recognition. During the ceremony, each instructor received a plaque, certificate of achievement, commander’s four-star note and congratulations from Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader.
“It’s a big day – it’s all about the Soldiers,” said David Garrity, who manages TRADOC’s Instructor of the Year program and also works in the command’s G-3/5/7 Training Integration Directorate, adding that the instructors really are the “architects of the Army.”
“They’re incredible,” Garrity said. “They go out and build these Soldiers and mold them into what we need; they’re the best.”
The 2016 TRADOC Instructors of the Year are:
- Civilian Instructor of the Year: Alicia Rose, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama
- Educator of the Year: Lt. Col Jason Hanifin U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia
- Officer Instructor of the Year: Capt. Rafael A. Monterrosa, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia
- Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristy Fair, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
- Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Tegst Ayalw, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia
- National Guard Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Nicole Bourgeois, 1st Battalion (Noncommissioned Officer Academy), 199th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Camp Cook, Louisiana
- Army Reserve Instructor of the Year: Maj. Jason Nagel, 80th Training Command (The Army School System), North Chesterfield, Virginia
Alicia Rose, 2016 TRADOC Civilian Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Capt. Rafael A. Monterrosa, 2016 TRADOC Officer Instructor of the Year, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristy Fair, 2016 TRADOC Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Staff Sgt. Tegst Ayalw, 2016 TRADOC Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Staff Sgt. Nicole Bourgeois, 2016 TRADOC National Guard Instructor of the Year, 1st Battalion (Noncommissioned Officer Academy), 199th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Camp Cook, Louisiana, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Maj. Jason Nagel, 2016 TRADOC Army Reserve Instructor of the Year, 80th Training Command (The Army School System), North Chesterfield, Virginia, receives a plaque and congratulations from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
Lt. Col. Matthew Anastasi, 71st Transportation Battalion commander, receives a plaque and congratulations on behalf of Lt. Col Jason Hanifin, 2016 Educator of the Year, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia, from Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, TRADOC senior enlisted leader, during the 2016 TRADOC Instructor of the Year ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club in Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Angel Clemons)
CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. (July 28, 2017) — “This class exemplifies grit, determination and professionalism,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp as he addressed his final graduating class as the commandant of the U.S. Army War College, 2014-2017. From Wheelock Bandstand he congratulated 385 members of the Distance Class of 2017 seated on the historic parade ground here. The student body of competitively selected senior leaders from the U.S. military, US federal agencies, and international officers earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies today.
“My thanks to you for your great attitude and effort over the past 24 months, and to the faculty and staff of the U.S. Army War College for your professionalism and skills as teachers and mentors. Being the gold standard for strategic leader education and idea development comes from having a world class faculty,” he noted before introducing as guest speaker the commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. David Perkins.
“You have been the quintessential leader, and strongest advocate the Army can have for producing great students like this,” said Perkins to Rapp, recognizing Rapp’s contributions in shaping the Army War College.
“You don’t get a better setting than this,” said Perkins, as he turned to the graduates, faculty, family and friends in a salute to Army heritage. “A great, historic Army post with well-manicured grounds, marshal music being played by the band, and the smoke of artillery fire wafting over the audience,” he said about the TRADOC Band and Pa. National Guard’s 1-108 Field Artillery salute at the start of the ceremony.
“It looks like something we just put together in Hollywood, but no, it is real.”
Perkins encouraged the graduates with personal insights about leading a life of value through leadership that others value.
“As we are about to recognize you today for a great accomplishment.… We have given you great intellectual capability and attributes,” he said, and asked, “What are you going to do with them?”
“When you go back to your unit and your community, they should know that you’ve been through something special — you have much more capability than you used to have — without even looking at that diploma,” said Perkins. “If you look at life that way, I guarantee what you’re going to find is this investment that you’ll put back into your unit: it will multiple tenfold.
“And, when people look back on serving with you, what they’re going to talk about is what kind of person you were. What they’re going to talk about is how you influenced them,” he said. “My experience is your subordinates don’t care what’s on your resume. Your subordinates care about what kind of person you are, and what kind of leader you are.”
Among the graduates are 336 Army, 3 Air Force, 10 Marine Corps and 4 Navy officers; 27 senior federal civilian employees; and 5 international officers from Botswana, Taiwan, Canada, United Kingdom, and Mexico.
Several students spoke of their experiences in applying new knowledge, analysis and decision-making processes.
“I was especially drawn to [the curriculum] primarily because I deal with a full array of national security, homeland security, and foreign affairs related issues,” said student Sean Snyder, who spoke of the linkage between his studies to his responsibilities as a Congressional staffer.
“While I feel I’ve had a good understanding and grasp of the rationale for a lot of those policy recommendations and why the Army and the other services, for that matter, do what they do, I thought this would be a good opportunity to shorten that proverbial distance between the Pentagon and the Hill,” he said. “I think it was a good opportunity to get first-hand integration and communication with the men and woman who are definitely going to be the future leaders of our Army.
The majority of the class is composed of guardsman and reservists, who complete a two year program, which is the equivalent of the Army War College Resident Program and results in the same diploma and Master of Strategic Studies Degree.
“The briefings that we get are from, literally, the experts at the national level on key issues — whether it’s the Army, or procurement, or national defense, or leadership,” said Lt. Col. John Pippy of the Pa. Army National Guard, from Moon, Pa. “The format … allows us to have some real frank discussions with people, and access to key decision makers, and maybe we even share with them some of our thoughts at the lieutenant colonel staff level.”
Another Pa. Army National Guard officer echoed his colleagues’ emphasis about applying new learning every day throughout the two-year program.
“I’m a facilities engineer at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Especially the first year, which focuses a lot on leadership competencies … I would read something and reflect on it for the War College course, and the next day I would have an ‘ah-ha moment’ about an issue I was having at work. If I just approached it a little differently … I could change things toward my end state,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Monahan, of Spring Brook Township, Pa.
The Distance Education Program allows senior leaders to continue to serve and work in their regular full-time job and still receive and Army War College education. The program requires about 15 hours a week, is mainly conducted online and includes 2 two-week summer resident courses at Carlisle Barracks.
Pennsylvania was represented by 13 state residents, four from the Pa. Army National Guard, six from the Army Reserves, two from the active duty Army, and one from the United States Marine Corps.