FORT BENNING, Ga., (Aug. 3, 2016) — “When the Army looks at promoting their best personnel, they’re looking for those personnel who were drill sergeants, recruiters, Ranger instructors and personnel that have gone above and beyond to do a position that is more demanding,” said Sgt. Maj. Chris Smith, operations sergeant major, 198th Infantry Brigade.
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FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 20, 2016) — A live-fire demonstration of weapon systems mounted on a ground mobility vehicle prototype and a light armored vehicle combat reconnaissance vehicle prototype took place July 15 at Red Cloud Range on Fort Benning.
FORT BENNING, Ga. — The Maneuver Center of Excellence Commanding General Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, presented the way forward for MCoE and Fort Benning through 2022 with a campaign plan that included a revised mission statement, a vision statement for 2022 and four lines of efforts for achieving the goals of the plan.
The Sullivan Cup, held every two years, is a precision gunnery competition and showcases the best Armor Soldiers the U.S. Army and international partners have to offer.
The competition is a rigorous six-day event designed to test tank crew members on problem solving, physical fitness, maneuver, sustainment, and gunnery skills, according to the Fort Benning Sullivan Cup website.
While the competition checks how well tank crews work together as a team, it will also test the individual skills of each Soldier.
“It’s designed to test tank crews in their ability to work together as a team, but also test their Armor crewmen skills, individually,” said 1st Lt. Cole Taylor, public affairs officer for 194th Armor Bde.
Taylor said that the competition spotlights the caliber of Armor Soldiers that the Army is producing.
“It’s actually showcasing the Armor Corps talent. Divisions are sending the best tank crews they have. This reflects back on the division that sent them. These crews are proof that the home unit is training Armor crewmen who are proficient in their craft as well as lethal and precise tank crews who can work together to effectively maneuver the battlefield and destroy the enemy,” said Taylor.
The Sullivan Cup is named after Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, known for his commitment to the Armor force, according to the Sullivan Cup website. Sullivan served for more than 36 years as an Armor officer and was the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army.
The competition kicks off May 1 and will include events such as land navigation, tactical combat casualty care, maintenance, and squad tactical exercises. It will conclude with the top four teams conducting a shoot-off on Friday before the top teams and winning team of the competition are announced.
The community is encouraged to come out and cheer on the teams throughout the competition. There will be a special lane at the main gate for Sullivan Cup traffic and numerous signs will be posted guiding spectators to Davis Hall, building 5205, where spectators can catch a shuttle that will take them to the competition. Spectators are also encouraged to use GuideOn, a free app that will help navigate Fort Benning.
Photo caption: The best tank crew and winners of the 2014 Sullivan Cup display their trophy. The 2014 winners were Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. The 2016 competition will be held May 1-6. U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright.
FORT BENNING, Ga., (April 27, 2016) — Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed an audience of Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course and Maneuver Captain’s Career Course students April 22 at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Troxell led by acknowledging the group of students as “the future of the U.S. Army and our Joint Force.”
He then described part of his job to the students saying, “I gain and maintain the pulse of the Joint Force.”
Troxell explained that gaining the “pulse” is done by meeting with various leaders and listening to what they have to say. Following those meetings he takes what he’s learned back to the most strategic leaders within the department of defense.
He added that in order to do this, being interval, relevant and responsive to the Joint Chiefs of Staff is an important part of his job.
He continued saying, “As we move forward and we’re continuing to adapt our military, I’ve also got to be the voice for the Joint Enlisted force.”
Troxell discussed strategies the U.S. Army is employing to get after potential and emerging threats in the world.
He explained that his boss Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is primarily focused on giving the best military advice to the president regarding the five strategic challenges the U.S. Army is presently facing.
Those five strategic challenges are violent, extremist organizations, China, North Korea, Russia and Iran.
Troxell also outlined the national military objectives.
“We’ve got to have the ability to defeat state adversaries, deter and deny conflict,” he said.
Troxell explained that the military has to be able to get after the violent, extremist organizations.
“That means disrupting what they’re trying to do, degrading their ability to gain resources and in the end defeat them,” he said.
Troxell added that the U.S. has to mitigate the risk to its force by leaning upon its partners to assist it as it gets out and about.
“We’ve got to continue to strengthen our global networks of allies and partners,” he said.
Troxell also revealed to the students that the restoration of joint readiness, improving joint warfighting and developing leaders for joint forces are all focus areas of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.
“As leaders, we anticipate, communicate and mitigate risk to enable us to get after the mission,” he said.
Troxell also mentioned improving global agility as leaders.
“We’re never going back prior to 9/11,” he said.
“Your men and women out there need to be conditioned to have a expeditionary mindset. It’s not if I’m going to deploy, it’s when are we moving out. And you’ve got to prepare them for that,” Troxell continued.
Troxell emphasized that training programs have to be geared towards excellence and not minimum standards.
“You’ve got to demand greater efficiencies are effectiveness out of your organization and the men and women that are in it,” he said.
“Don’t apologize for having high standards,” he added.
Before departing, Troxell offered the students one last piece of advice.
“Never take your duties lightly,” he said.
Photo caption: Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy L. Metheny, left, does Physical Training with Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his visit Friday April 23, 2016. U.S. Army Photo by Danielle Davis.
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 28, 2016) — The basic small-unit fighting capability of the Army is the squad. One of its weaknesses is broad-area situational awareness, particularly in unfamiliar environments, according to Col. Phil Cheatham, deputy branch chief of the Electronics and Special Developments Branch at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, or MCOE, Fort Benning, Georgia.