A Fort Leavenworth professor is one of seventeen leading history scholars who will receive fully-funded research fellowships at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington for the 2016-17 academic year. These fellows will study on site at the Washington Library in Mount Vernon, VA, for up to six months beginning this fall.
Archive for April, 2016
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Army News Service, April 21, 2016) — Regarding cyber, “we are training in the dozens and our adversaries are training in the thousands,” said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, referencing what he heard at a cyber briefing at Carnegie Mellon, one of the top cybersecurity universities in the world.
Students from the 31K Military Occupational Specialty Advanced Individual Training course in Company C, 701st Military Police Battalion, got a first-hand glimpse into their future career as military working dog handlers April 6.
“There’s a requirement in their instruction to spend eight hours at a kennel,” said Sgt. 1st Class Craig Chambers, 180th Military Police Detachment, kennel master. “We’ve taken that requirement and tried to add onto it the best way we could, by giving them a snapshot of what a kennel does on a day-to-day basis.”
The visit not only gives the future dog handlers an idea of what they will be doing, but also gets them out of the classroom.
“What we teach them in the classroom environment is purely knowledge based, with a little bit of practical exercises. Here (at the kennel) they get to see all of that put together in one day and see how it all works together,” said Sgt. 1st Class John Thomas, 31 Kilo AIT, Phase One instructor.
“In the classroom environment, I can tell you how it’s going to be all day long and you might have a picture in your mind about it, but until you get to see it in action you’re only going to sit there and wonder how the job is going to be. At least with this portion they can see, and it gives them something to look forward to,” Thomas said.
Throughout the day, students were able to see how a kennel operates, what it takes to care for the dogs and some training exercises.
“We start off our morning at the kennels, where they get to see them pull out their explosives and narcotics for dog training and where the dogs live, how they live and how they’re fed,” Thomas said. “They give them a brief introduction into some administrative stuff inside the kennels, and then we come out here and they get to see the dog training in action.”
After finishing phase one of their MOS training on Fort Leonard Wood, the Soldiers in training ship out to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for an additional 11 weeks to complete their training as Military Working Dog handlers.
“It’s really motivating to see this course and what we’re actually going to be doing really helps us,” said Pvt. Raven Calig, Soldier in training, Co. C, 701st MP Bn. “Any questions that we’ve had, they’ve been able to answer.”
Chambers had some parting advice for the future handlers.
“It’s a very tough job, and it’s very behind closed doors. This is a lifestyle. It’s not college; it’s not high school, and it’s not a job where you go in and punch a card from 9 to 5 and expect that dog to save lives,” Chambers said. “It’s a living, breathing animal. There are going to be days where you walk in and that dog is going to do everything the opposite of what you tell it.”
Chambers said he feels taking the students into the real world of dog handling better prepares the Soldiers for their first duty station.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap, so when they get to their first kennel, they will have somewhat of an idea of what the Kilo active-duty Soldier is doing and speed up the process of getting certified dogs and competent teams out there,” Chambers said .
“We’re advancing the ability to have capable and competent handlers,” he added.
This year we celebrate the 108th anniversary of the Army Reserve.
From the earliest days of our nation, local citizens in communities across America have voluntarily mobilized alongside active duty counterparts to project a land-power force capable of winning on the battlefield.
Today, more than 200,000 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members of the U.S. Army Reserve continue this proud tradition. In a complex and dynamic global security environment with enemies that threaten vital U.S. strategic interests around the world, the Army Reserve remains a steadfast partner, committed to the defense and security of the nation.
We are privileged and grateful to serve with you, the consummate professionals who continue to ensure our nation’s Army Reserve is ready as part of the Total Army and Joint Force. On this 108th anniversary of the Army Reserve, we thank you, the Soldiers, Civilians and Family members, for your dedication and service.
Happy Birthday, and Twice the Citizen!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Be the Force behind the Fight against sexual assault and harassment. Remember, I. AM. Strong: Intervening, Acting and Motivating against sexual assault and harassment in our ranks begins with each and every member of the Army team. To learn more visit www.SHARP.army.mil.
Thousands of Soldiers and platoon-level and below organizations now have access to the Digital Job Book.
I thought it would be important for me to get something on the blog so you all know I have not PCS’d from TRADOC. I am very appreciative of the guest bloggers that filled in for me while I traveled through Europe talking about our great NCO Corps and the changes we are making to improve it.
Also, last week I attended the Sergeant Major of the Army’s training conference where I shared the role of the Digital Job Book. The Digital Job Book will become an important tool to free up contact hours in our primary military education. So we hung the a beta version of the Digital Job Book on Army Training Network last week and received several emails asking how to find it. The following pictures and instructions will help you to not only find it but to download it as well. I ask that you provide any feedback to improve it before we go final.
Photo credit: Troopers from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conduct a dismounted patrol at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Adam Hoppe)