Pvt. David Gonzales, from Santa Rosa, California, had never fired a weapon before he chose to enlist in the Army.
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FORT BENNING, Ga. — The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), in conjunction with the Maneuver Center of Excellence, will host the 2016 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship (All Army) March 13-19.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 15, 2015)-Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, United States Army Combined Arms Center, spoke at the 2015 Maneuver Warfighter Conference at the Maneuver Center of Excellence on the Human Dimension of Warfare. The Army cannot afford to focus only on current operations as a predictor of the future. It must prepare people so that future commanders can sustain operations in a time of persistent conflict.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 2, 2015) — Retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, visited the Maneuver Center of Excellence to share his views on the intelligence community and international relations in regards to the military as part of the Combat Leader Speaker Program.
“We live in a complex world,” Burgess said. “The threats, as we look to the future, are going to be constant, and they are going to continue to evolve.”
Burgess told the students about his time as director of the DIA, discussing various decisions he had to make and events he witnessed. He encouraged the students to listen to intelligence officers when they become senior leaders, and to understand that intelligence is important in weighing decisions.
“Intelligence ought to be one of the things you listen to and (allow) to advise and guide you,” Burgess said. “But by no means is intel always going to provide the golden answer.
“It is only one of the sources coming to you as a commander, and it’s your responsibility to amalgamate all of those sources to decide on the best course of action.”
Burgess also told the students as the Army is changing to fight to remain tactical. He discussed cutbacks, lack of funding for training, the switch to a more garrison-based Army and the importance of continued training despite the setbacks and preparing as the “best and unmatched Army in the world.”
He ended his discussion by answering questions, most notably about the Islamic State and the decisions being made about action against it.
“We try to formulate a strategy, but the thing as a nation we haven’t dealt with is looking at the underlying causes — demographic shifts that are occurring, and how we can change them. And until we start dealing with those basic concerns, we may be in for the long war,” Burgess said.
Photo credit: A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to Company A, 173rd Airborne Brigade Special Troops Battalion engages a target during a combined defensive live-fire exercise March 6, 2015, at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and Dutch sappers from the 411th Armored Engineers of the Royal Dutch Army participated in the combined defensive exercise to promote interoperability and strengthen the NATO alliance. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/released)