JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The U.S. Army brought together operational forces and elements from the cyber, training and doctrine, research and development, and acquisition communities to further define how the Army operationally adapts to cyber and electromagnetic threats here April 18-29.
Archive for May, 2016
Nicknamed “Da-Ma’am” by one of her charges, Capt. Bethany G. Dumas is the kind of leader who takes time to get to know her students and help transition new officers into the Army and in turn being named TRADOC‘s instructor of the year.
“She is ‘Da-Man,'” said 2nd Lt. Gary Henderson a student at the AG School and Bowie, Maryland native. “She knows herself and is a great help to students. She really takes time out to help.”
While teaching the basic officer leader course, Dumas fundamentally changed the way portions of the course are instructed. She moved one portion of the mail handling course and moved it outside to sand tables instead of the “death by PowerPoint” of inside lectures.
“We set it up like a ROC, or rehearsal of concept drill,” the seven-year officer said. “I laid it out and we walked through by phase line how mail is delivered from the United States to the hands of the deployed Soldier and all the organizations that would touch it.”
It was this change in teaching style that got her noticed.
“I basically changed the way it was taught,” she said. “I invited my director to attend the block of instruction and at the end he decided it would be good for me compete for instructor (of the year).”
She took home the best instructor honors for her division at the schoolhouse and at SSI before competing at the TRADOC level.
Dumas graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 and joined the Army as an AG officer where she would be stationed with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. She is scheduled to join the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina when her tour at Jackson ends.
She found being an instructor to be the most “rewarding” experience she has had in the Army.
“I am honored and humbled because I know there are many great instructors who work here with me and across the Army,” she said about being the top instructor in the Army. “Overall I am very humbled and excited.”
The example she sets for the students doesn’t go unnoticed by the junior officers around her.
Even though he has only been in the Army six months, 2nd Lt. Brian Abrams, from Montville, Ohio, has noticed Dumas’ professionalism and finds it a “relief” how much she is willing to offer advice to junior officers.
The highlight for the running enthusiast is “being able to shape the careers from the start point of brand new officers.”
Instructors must be the best examples she said.
Instructors must be the standard bearers “from PT to treating people with fairness, respect and professionalism or just setting the standard in every way you can; because we are the first exposure to an Army officer for many of the brand new second lieutenants.”
An Army military police and diver have claimed the titles of Fort Leonard Wood’s Drill Sergeant and Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year.
Staff Sgt. Martin Delaney, Company B, 787th Military Police Battalion, is the 2016 Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood DSoY, while Staff Sgt. Brandon Laspe, Company A, 169th Engineer Battalion out of Panama City, Florida, is the 2016 MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood AIT PSoY.
For Delaney, this is his second time winning the Best Warrior Competition. In 2014, Staff Sgt. Delaney was selected as the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
“I was excited when my name was called as the winner (for Drill Sergeant of the Year),” Delaney said.
Delaney carries on a proud tradition for the military police. He said this is the seventh or eighth year in a row that a 787th MP Bn. drill sergeant has won Drill Sergeant of the Year.
In fact, dating back to 2009, drill sergeants from the 14th Military Police Brigade have claimed the title of Fort Leonard Wood’s DSoY.
As for Laspe, he said it felt good to win.
“(Winning) is validation for all the hard work you put into the competition,” Laspe said. “I had a general idea (that I was ahead), but it was close.”
The DSoY and PSoY will move on to represent Fort Leonard Wood at Training and Doctrine Command’s DSoY/PSoY competition at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
In the meantime, both Delaney and Laspe will prepare.
“First thing I’m going to do is rest and recuperate,” Delaney said. “From then on PT (physical fitness training), study Warrior tasks and drills and go over the Total Soldier Concept.”
Laspe had the same game plan. “Training, lots of PT (physical fitness training), and I’m going to ruck march,” he said.
Also taking top honors in the Best Warrior Competition held on Fort Leonard Wood from Sunday to Thursday include:
– Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Matthew Poole, NCO Academy
– Soldier of the Year: Spc. Dillon Murray, NCOA
– Joint Service NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Arron Dean, NCOA
– Joint Service Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year: Marine Cpl. Markus Solheim, Marine Corps Detachment
The NCoY and SoY will represent Fort Leonard Wood at the TRADOC Best Warrior Competition, which Fort Leonard Wood is slated to host later this summer.
ATLANTA (Army News Service, April 29, 2016) — Army aviation provides ground commanders multiple options, while presenting multiple dilemmas to adversaries, said Gen. David G. Perkins.
Perkins, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, gave the keynote address at the Army Aviation Association of America-sponsored 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit here, April 29.
To win in a complex and unpredictable world, disparate forces must have the ability to maneuver with the help of Army aviation over multiple far-flung locations and domains, including land, air, space and even the sea domain. That’s happening right now in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, Perkins said.
The only thing that physically links these dispersed forces is Army aviation, he said, terming it the “connecting tissue.” Without Army aviation, these ground forces would be isolated and significantly less effective.
Perkins noted that ground formations are dispersed to prevent the enemy from identifying and targeting them in a large, static formation.
Some of the capabilities Army aviation brings include attack gunships, unmanned aerial system reconnaissance, troop movement and supply, he said.
THE SECRET SAUCE
The “secret sauce” that makes Army aviation so effective, Perkins said, is its people. They’ve been making it happen since the 1950s and they are “the epitome of what we’re trying to do for the future force. That didn’t just happen overnight.”
The five attributes of these aviators, he said, are expertise, honorable service, trust, esprit de corps, and stewardship of the profession
As an armor officer, Perkins said he always put the highest trust in the pilots and crew of helicopters he was transported in. Often, he said, he only saw the backs of their helmets in the middle of the night, trusting that they knew what they were doing.
“That trust has never been misplaced,” he added.
Aviators have always maintained good stewardship of their profession, he said, policing their own ranks and giving safety and standards the highest priority — “without which things can go bad very quickly.”
As to esprit, aviators “have always had that enthusiasm to make it happen and get it done, and that inspires all who operate around them,” he said.
Perkins pointed out that esprit also means aviators hold a “jealous regard for the honor of their unit, the Army, and the United States of America.”
Addressing honorable service, Perkins showed slides depicting the faces of fallen aviators over just the past year in Afghanistan. As a bagpiper played, attendees stood in a moment of silence to honor them.
Perkins added that others like them in the past have exemplified the ultimate sacrifice paid in honorable service.
The 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solution Summit runs April 29-30 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo caption: U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, hover over a landing zone in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters during air assault training at Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Charles Emmons.