Maj. Gen. Walter Spindler, commander of the German Army Training Command, discusses current and future initial military training challenges April 13 with Maj. Gen. Ross Ridge, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training, and Sgt. Maj. Thomas Campbell, CIMT. During Spindler’s visit to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Spindler received updates on TRADOC, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s International Army Programs Directorate. Following an office call with Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, TRADOC deputy commanding general, Spindler also presented an update on the German Army Training Command’s roles and missions and discussed the establishment of an informal link between the ATC and CIMT. Following his TRADOC visit, Spindler traveled to CAC to participate in the Global Human Dimension Network Conference April 15-16.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commandant of the Marine Corps, visited U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters at Fort Eustis, Virginia, April 3 to learn more about the command. Dunford and several Marine Corps senior leaders received an overview of TRADOC, an update on the Army Operating Concept, gender integration, Army Warfighting Challenges and Force 2025 & Beyond.
(Pictured left to right: David Brinkley, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command acting deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7; SOCM Mark Lubeskie, senior enlisted adviser to Maj. Gen. Christopher Haas; Maj. Gen. Christopher Haas, director of force management and development for U. S. Special Operations Command; Brig. Gen. George Smith, director of the Marine Corps Force Integration Office; Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, TRADOC deputy commanding general; Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps; Gen. David Perkins, commanding general of TRADOC, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command; Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center; Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of U. S. Marine Corps Special Operations; Ellen Helmerson, TRADOC deputy chief of staff, G-8; and Brig. Gen. Douglas Gabram, TRADOC deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7.)
Col.-Maj. Abdrahamane Baby, J3, Director of Operations, Malian Armed Forces (right) is welcomed by Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, TRADOC Deputy Commanding General (center), during his visit to TRADOC Headquarters , Mar. 24. Col.-Maj. Baby was accompanied by Col. Bourama Sangaré, Malian Defense Attaché, Washington, D.C. (left). Maj. Gen. Rex Spitler, TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff, hosted Col.-Maj. Baby as a follow-up to the TRADOC Commanding General’s meeting with the Malian Army Chief, Col.-Maj. Fané, at the U.S. Army-Africa hosted African Land Forces Summit in Dakar, Senegal, 9-13 Feb 15. Col.-Maj. Baby’s visit focused on TRADOC roles and mission, doctrine development, the Non-Commissioned Officer Education System and the U.S. Army National Guard and State Partnership Program. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney E. Speed)
Gen. David Perkins, TRADOC commanding general, hosted Maj. Gen. Hans-Christian Mathiesen, chief of staff of the Danish Army, Mar. 9-11. The visit marked Mathiesen’s first to TRADOC headquarters since assuming his current position in October 2014. Mathiesen was accompanied by Sgt. Maj. Henning Bæk, the first Danish Sergeant Major of the Army. The discussions focused on TRADOC roles and mission, NCO Development, Capabilities Development and Network Integration Evaluation. The group also visited TRADOC’s Training Brain Operations Center, given their interest in Decisive Action Training Environment. The visit reinforces the close bonds shared between the Danish army and U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney Speed, EMC).
Gen. Hulusi Akar, commander of Turkish Land Forces, discusses U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s role and mission with Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, TRADOC deputy commanding general, during Akar’s visit to TRADOC headquarters Jan. 28. As the Turkish chief of staff of the Army counterpart, Akar also received an overview from the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training and a briefing on the new Army Operating Concept. Discussions included the importance the U.S. Army places on officer and noncommissioned officer education systems. Akar also received a demonstration from TRADOC’s Training Brain Operations Center on how the organization uses intelligence and operations databases to replicate the complexity of the operating environment. This replication allows TBOC to provide support to pre-deployment exercises and realistic, high fidelity home-station training. (U.S. Army photo by Rodney E. Speed)