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CAC-T News

March 2014

Automated shoot house improves training and saves time, money


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Army is automating shoot houses throughout the force to improve training while saving time and money. The shoot house is an integral facility in the Army's urban operations training strategy. In shoot houses, Soldiers fire live ammunition into targets or dummies as they clear rooms. The exercises also present Soldiers with shoot-or-don't-shoot scenarios.

Click here to read The Fort Leavenworth Lamp's article about the ceremony.


Martin receives CAC-T Charter


Martin receives CAC-T Charter from Combined Arms Center Commanding General Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown presents the Combined Arms Center - Training Charter to the new CAC-T Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin. Martin's Assumption of Responsibility ceremony took place on March 21 at the Frontier Conference Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Martin leads an organization that manages training support and training development to enable the Army to train and educate versatile units and develop agile and adaptive leaders.


Click here to read The Fort Leavenworth Lamp's article about the ceremony.


Apollo 13 hero provides leadership lessons to MCTP


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- "Houston we've had a problem." These words by astronaut Jack Swigert remind us of the near fatal disaster of Apollo 13 in 1970 as well as the movie "Apollo 13." In the last two years, Mission Command Training Program's Operations Group Sierra has used "Apollo 13" movie clips more than 30 times to teach the Mission Command philosophy and its principles to units preparing for deployments and major exercises.


Click here to read the rest of the article by Capt. Patrick Morgan.


Combined Arms Training Strategies help leaders prepare Soldiers


Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS). CATS provide task-based, event-driven training strategies to assist commanders in planning and executing training events that build and sustain Soldier, leader, and unit proficiency. CATS are part of the Digital Training Management System (DTMS), a web-based tool that helps plan, resource, and manage unit and individual training at all levels.


Click here to read the rest of the article in Infantry Magazine.


Next generation of Army simulations will look, feel and smell like the battlefield


Soldiers from a brigade combat team are at a combat training site doing a routine live-fire exercise. Well, maybe not so routine. Suddenly enemy jets pop out of the clouds streaking toward them. The Soldiers scramble for cover as missiles rain down. They hear the explosions from the missiles impacting all around them, see the flames and debris and smell the smoke. This is no pipe dream. It will be the future in Army training.


Click here to read the rest of this Army News Wire article.





Unit Training Management mixes art and science to prepare units, leaders


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The Unit Training Management (UTM) provides the doctrine-based, how-to details of the U.S. Army's training management processes. It is the process commanders, leaders and staffs use to plan-prepare-execute-assess unit training and identify the resources needed to accomplish that training.

Click here to read the rest of this Stand To about UTM.



Brig. Gen Lundy, Mrs. Lundy receive awards


BG Lundy Awards


Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, Commanding General Combined Arms Center (left), presents awards to Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy (center) and Mrs. Paula Lundy (right) in recognition of their achievements as they prepare to depart for Fort Rucker, Ala., where Lundy will assume command of the Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker. Lundy served as the Deputy Commanding General at the Combined Arms Center-Training from July 2012- March 2014.



February 2014

BG Lundy: Army looking for simpler holistic training systems


ROTC Cadets


Army officials laid out a wish list of what they would like to see in future simulation technologies including straightforward systems that can train entire brigades and require fewer personnel to facilitate exercises.


Click here to read the rest of the National Defense magazine article on page 10.



TMD team teaches 1st ID Unit Training Management


ROTC Cadets


Training Management Directorate's Bill Brosnan instructs 1st Infantry Division Soldiers about training resources available on the Army Training Network. ATN is the one-stop shop for Army training resources.


Click here to read an article by Staff Sgt. John Johnson about the visit.



ROTC cadets learn about gaming training


ROTC Cadets


University of Nebraska Kearney Army ROTC Cadet August Wilson learns about training and leader development while using a gaming program. Wilson and other cadets visited the 35th Infantry Division Mission Training Complex, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Feb. 21. During the visit, Capt. Charles Williams explained how the Army uses gaming technology in the crawl and walk stages of training. Williams is with the TRADOC Capability Manager Gaming at Fort Leavenworth. Lt. Col. Lee Bokma led 14 cadets from the Kearney campus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Bokma is a professor of military science at the Lincoln campus.


Click here to learn more about cadets using technology.



DSTS provides training opportunites during winter weather


ROTC Cadets


Blistering heat, the singing of birds, the crack of rifle fire, and dust thrown up by incoming rounds; not what you would expect to experience in mid-Missouri, as Fort Leonard Wood braced Antarctic temperatures and snowfall. But thanks to some unique training capabilities and opportunities, the seemingly impossible comes to life.


Click here to read the rest of the article in the Fort Leonard Wood Guidon.



Military Training Technology features interview with NSC Dirctor Col. John J. Janiszewski


ROTC Cadets


Col Janiszewski discusses the Integrated Training Environment, and how the ITE helps to prepare units and develop leaders. His interview is on pages 16-19.


Click here to read the Military Training Technology magazine article.



BG Lundy moves to lead Aviation CoE, Fort Rucker BG Martin takes charge of CAC-T on March 14


BG Lundy


On Jan. 23, the Department of the Army announced that Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center – Training, is departing Fort Leavenworth in March to assume command of the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Ala. Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, currently the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) of the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, will assume responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T).


Click here to read the rest of the article.



January 2014

Leaders say the Army will rely more on virtual training


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Click here to read the Army news article that features comments by Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy about training.


Cadets train on DSTS to improve leadership skills


ROTC Cadets


Dismounted Soldier Training System is helping Army ROTC students gain experience and develop as leaders. DSTS is a program managed by TCM Virtual at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


Click here to learn more about cadets using technology.



Gen. Cone: ITE critical to Army readiness


Ft. Hood Battle


Soldiers use the Army's new Homestation Instrumentation Training System in live training. TRADOC Commander Gen. Robert Cone explains the importance of combining live, virtual and constructive training.

 

Click here to read the rest of the Army Times article.


Visitors learn how NSC supports Army training, leader development


UTM Handbook


National Simulation Center Director Col. John Janiszewski explains to visitors how the NSC supports Army training and helps develop agile, adaptive leaders. The visitors were: Pittsburg State University president Dr. Steven Scott, Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, Pittsburg State Government and Community Relations Director Shawn Naccarato and Kansas Board of Regents Chief Executive Officer Andy Tompkins.

 


Unit Training Management handbook gets update


UTM Handbook


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Army recently updated its training management guide to help leaders and training managers plan, prepare, execute and assess unit training. The new edition of The Leader's Guide to Unit Training Management (UTM) is available on the Army Training Network https://atn.army.mil/. ATN is the one-stop shop for training products and resources. It is managed by the Army's Training Management Directorate (TMD).

 

Click here to read the rest of the article.


DSTS prepares Soldiers at Fort Bliss


Ft. Hood Battle


TCM Virtual manages the Dismounted Soldier Training System program that is preparing Soldiers throughout the Army. At Fort Bliss, the 1st Armored Division saw the benefits of the new training system.

 

Click here to read the rest of the Fort Bliss Bugle article.


December 2013

Soldiers use live, virtual and constructive training enablers



FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. participated in a training event Dec. 16-19 which fielded the Live, Virtual, Constructive-Integrating Architecture. LVC-IA is part of the Army’s Integrated Training Environment, and was integrated along with the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT), the Close Combat Tactical Trainer and the Mission Training Complex to provide the virtual environment for “Operation Boar.”

 

Click here to read the rest of Army Times article.


Army Times article details improvements to Milgaming web site



The Army has updated its premier military gaming website, just in time for the launch of the latest version of its popular Virtual Battlespace game.

 

Click here to read the rest of Army Times article.


MCTP supports Korean Warfighter exercise



Members of the Mission Command Training Program travelled to Korea Dec. 3-Dec. 16, to support to Warfighter exercise 14-2. Harvey Bines, Operations Analyst, (left) Ross Dickerson, Final Exercise Report Analyst, (right) and Maj. Judd Young, work together to coordinate Operations Group D support to the exercise.( U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Sarah Goodson.)

 

Fort Leavenworth, Kan. -- The Mission Command Training Program supported 2nd Infantry Division’s Warfighter 14-2 from Dec. 6-13 in support of their training objectives.

 

The exercise included training between the U.S. and Republic of Korea military forces and primarily focused on interoperability as well as conducting defensive operations against a hypothetical attack from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea.

 

"MCTP Observer Controller teams worked successfully with 2nd Infantry Division's leadership, subordinate Brigades and staffs to help prepare them to be more agile and capable of overcoming present and future threats on the Korean Peninsula," said Col. Ed Bohnemann, MCTP Commander.


Click here to read the rest of this article by Lt. Col. Sarah Goodson.


New system improves marksmanship training



The Location of Miss and Hit system is improving basic marksmanship. More recently the Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga., saw the benefits of the system.


Click here to read a Military Training Technology article about the system, called LOMAH.


Article explains Army avatar program's benefits



TCM Gaming's Anthony Rolfe wrote an article for Amplifier Magazine about the Army's program. It matches Soldiers' abilities to their computer avatars to create more realistic training.


Click here to read the article.


MPs use gaming to train



PV2 Kelvin Brenson (foreground) and SGT Anthony Sanders use computers to move their avatars in a gaming training exercise. They are members of the 705th Military Police Battalion at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The Soldiers trained on responding to military prison emergencies during a recent exercise at the 35th Infantry Division’s Mission Training Complex.



Leavenworth-Lansing leaders learn about Army Games for Training



TCM Gaming's Marco Conners (left) and Hans Hull explain how the Army uses gaming to train Soldiers and develop leaders to members of Leadership Leavenworth-Lansing. About 20 local civic leaders visited Fort Leavenworth on Dec. 6. They stopped at the National Simulation Center to learn about the Army's use of serious gaming. Conners is the deputy of TCM Gaming and Hull is a military analyst..



Conference attendees discuss plans for CTCs



COL Matt Anderson welcomes Combat Training Center Conference attendees to Fort Leavenworth. At the conference, Army leaders discussed how the CTCs will train Soldiers and develop leaders. Anderson is the director of the Combat Training Center Directorate.



Miligaming site receives new web 2.0 look



FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Dec. 2, 2013) -- The Army's premier military gaming web site recently received a new look that makes it easier to navigate. The MilGaming web portal https://milgaming.army.mil provides a gateway to the Army's Games for Training program, which is managed by the Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager -- Gaming. TCM Gaming is the centralized planner, manager and integrator for Army gaming capabilities.


Click here to read the rest of the article


November 2013

MCTP major works with local veterans



"He talks about the way it is now, and I talk about the way it was then." That's how Gene Berry, a Korean War veteran, describes his relationship with Maj. Cedric Burden, observer/coach, trainer, Mission Command Training Program (MCTP), at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Burden volunteers with Crossroads Hospice as a companion for Berry and a World War II veteran.


Click here to read the rest of the article by CPT Eileen Hernandez


Cadets like new E-textbooks



FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Thanks to a cooperative program between two Army organizations, ROTC cadets are using electronic, interactive textbooks this school year. Cadet Command and TRADOC Capability Manager for The Army Distributed Learning Program (TCM TADLP) worked together on the project to replace ROTC textbooks with E-books. The program saves money, updates books more quickly and benefits Cadets' education.

The material is available to download on to any reader or capable device. click here to read, the rest of the article.

 


New system improves marksmanship training



The Location of Miss and Hit system is improving basic marksmanship. More recently the Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga., saw the benefits of the system.

 

Click here to read a Military Training Technology article about the system, called LOMAH.

 


New system improves Apache crew AARs


MTT


The Army is fielding a new system that integrates Apache helicopter gunnery training results into an After Action Review to provide leaders with a more complete picture of a training event. In September, the Aviation Homestation Interim Package passed its government acceptance test at Fort Hood, Texas. Plans call for adding the system to Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Grafenwoehr, Germany, by March 2014.

 

To read the rest of the article, click here.

 


Sniper School benefits from new marksmanship system


MTT


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A recent demonstration of a new marksmanship training system showed how it helps sniper students and their instructors. At the Fort Benning, Ga., Sniper School, instructors requested the demonstration after seeing the new Location of Miss and Hit system at other Fort Benning ranges.

 

Click here, to read the rest of the article.

 


MCTP major connects with Korean War veteran



Click here to see this story by KSHB Channel 41


October 2013

MCTP helps units prep for Afghan deployment


MTT


Fort Leavenworth’s Mission Command Training Program sent four operations groups to Germany and Fort Drum, N.Y., in support of the exercise United Endeavor 14-1 Oct. 1-18 to prepare staffs of units deploying to Afghanistan. United Endeavor 14-1 was designed to train the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, the ISAF Joint Command Headquarters and the Regional Command East Headquarters by using computer simulations and role players to create a realistic training environment. Click here to read the rest of the article.

 

Click here, to read the rest of the article.

 


NCOs see the benefits of the Dismounted Soldier Training System



Until recently, if NCOs wanted to lead their Soldiers through realistic virtual training, the only options available were training on things that could be driven or flown. If you weren’t a driver or a pilot, you were out of luck. Into that gap steps the Dismounted Soldier Training System, or DSTS, the first system dedicated to training the dismounted Soldier. “The Army has never had a simulator for the individual Soldier on the ground,” said Daniel Miller, military analyst at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and project leader for the DSTS. “We’ve had simulators for things that fly and things that are driven for decades and decades, but we’ve had nothing for the Soldier."


Click here, to read the rest of the NCO Journal article.


Gen. Cone discusses Army's change from execution to preparation


     


Gen. Robert Cone's addresses the AUSA convention and leads a panel that discussed the need to balance force structure, readiness, and modernization and associated risk. The panel also discussed future concepts and critical science and technology developments as the Army moves forward.


To read the rest of the article, click here.


World War II veterans commended, learn about Army training


     


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Col. Brian J. McHugh praised World War II veterans for their service and explained how the Army is training their grandsons and granddaughters. Veterans of the 71st Infantry Division visited Fort Leavenworth on Sept. 26 as part of their reunion.


To read the rest of the article, click here.

 

September 2013

MCTP helps train Soldiers, prepare leaders around the world


     MCTP trains U.S. and ROK Forces


What is MCTP? U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC's) Mission Command Training Program, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., supports combined arms training that replicates joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations in a Decisive Action Training Environment. The Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) uses constructive simulations to train commanders and staffs of Army service component commands, corps, divisions, functional and multifunctional brigades as well as theater and expeditionary sustainment commands.


To read the rest of this Stand To, click here.



MTT

 

Video shows MCTP's role in training exercise


Training exercises this year look to transition a battle tested Army into a force ready to take on the next crisis. Helping them along the way is the Mission Command Trainiing Program. Click here, to watch a video about the MCTP.




MTT

 

AJST Mobile Training Team provides air-ground instruction





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Soldiers demonstrate IED simulator


Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy (left) learns about the Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulator at the Combined Arms Center-Training’s headquarters. Staff Sgt. James Freeman (center) explained how the system provides detection and reaction training against Improvised Explosive Devices. Freeman and other Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., also showed how the training system simulates explosions. Lundy is deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center – Training.


August 2013

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Mobile Training Team visits Ohio National Guard


Fort Leavenworth has sent Mobile Training Teams (MTT) across the country to teach Army trainers how to plan, prepare, execute and assess unit training. The effort reflects a renewed focus on training at home stations. Recently, an MTT from the Training Management Directorate visited the Ohio National Guard.


To see a video about the training, click here.




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New videos on ATN help with training management


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Army's primary web site for training resources recently added eight short videos to improve unit training management throughout the force. Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training, instructed the Army Training Network (ATN) to develop the videos following post visits by Unit Training Management Mobile Training Teams. At several posts, the teams found that many Army trainers lacked important skills that the videos address.


Click here. to read the article.




Virtual Training

 

Dismounted Soldier Training System prepares Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood


FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- New virtual training is helping soldiers here. The Army's new DSTS, or Dismounted Soldier Training System, is like a video game that creates hostile or hazardous situations around the world.
Soldiers put on virtual reality goggles and use special guns that have buttons and a joystick on them and work as the video game controller. Then the trainer creates a realistic simulation of up to 28 different places in the world, and the commanders can choose different missions for the soldiers to practice. Officials say the simulator saves money and can be used when weather prevents them from being able to train outside.


To read the article, click here.




MTC Riders

 

MCTP riders hit the road


Fort Leavenworth, Kan.-The sounds of revving engines filled the morning air on Fort Leavenworth as Mission Command Training Program Soldiers suited up to ride on Aug. 27. Sports bikes, cruisers and a three-wheeled bike all decked out in leather and chrome showed up to take a unit ride down to Shawnee Mission, Kan.
"The ride is designed to promote morale and bike safety," said Command Sgt. Major Gregory Nowak, Mission Command Training Program. Allparticipants inspected their personal protective gear and bikes for any deficiencies.
The MCTP motorcycle pack was made up of both old and new riders. Some have been riding for years, while others have only been riding for a few months.


To read the article, click here.




MTC Home Station

 

Training Complex provides great training resources


An article by CAC-T MAJ Indira Donegan explains how commanders can use their Mission Training Complex to improve training at home station.


To read the article in the Army Communicator, click here.




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TCM Gaming Deputy Macro Conners explains the Army’s avatar project to area sports teams’ public relations staffers who visited Fort Leavenworth. The avatar project matches Soldiers’ physical fitness and marksmanship scores to their gaming avatars. Conners explained that the project creates more realistic training. The visitors were impressed with the Army’s use of gaming technology to train Soldiers and develop leaders.





NCO Corner

 

TCM-Live product makes aviation ranges safer


The current Army Aviation Digest issue explains how weapon danger zone methodology makes the ranges safer. The weapon danger zone tool is included in the standard product that TCM-Live provides the range community.


To read the Army Aviation Digest article, click here.




NCO Corner

 

Training transformation underway at Army, other services


As U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the Army and other services are changing their approaches to training. BG Mike Lundy, CAC-T deputy commanding general, explains how the Army is changing in a Military Simulation and Training article.


To read the Military Simulation and Training article, click here.




NCO Corner

 

Daughter’s tribute now part of McHugh Training Center


Kelly McHugh wipes away tears as BG Mike Lundy unveils a copy of an article she wrote about her late father, COL John McHugh. He was killed by a suicide bomber while attending a NATO conference in Kabul. Lundy is the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center - Training (Photo by Bob Kerr/Fort Leavenworth Lamp.).

 

May 18 will always be a date Kelly McHugh remembers. Her father, Col. John M. McHugh, died on that day in 2010, the victim of suicide car bomber. McHugh was one of 18 people killed on the way to a NATO peace conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Three years later to the day, Kelly, 22, graduated with a journalism degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan. In an online assignment for one of her classes, McHugh wrote a story called “A daughter’s story: The reality of being an Army kid.” In the story, she memorialized her father, who commanded the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth. “I can let my dad’s death hold me back or I can use it as motivation to move forward,” Kelly wrote.


To read the rest of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp article, click here.




NCO Corner

 

Army expands NCO training website


SFC Kevin Ransom views NCO Corner at the Training Management Directorate offices.


Click here to view the Army Times article.


July 2013

 

 

Army working to improve aviation training


Photo on the left shows helicopter firing rockets at targets. Photo on the right shows the impact of the rockets.


Click here to read the Army Aviation July 31 article that discusses the background, efforts, progress, and improvements in aviation homestation gunnery training.




NCO Corner

 

NCO Corner Aims to be site of sites


Have you found yourself searching multiple online sites to find information on leader development and unit training management? If you have, the NCO Corner — a website on the Army Training Network — will reduce your time searching the Web and will make your job easier. What’s more, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center-Training recently made numerous improvements to the NCO Corner to make it the “site of sites” for information about leader development and unit training management.

 

To read the rest of this NCO Journal article, click here.




ALMS

 

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What is it?


The Army Training Network, also known as ATN, is a single web-based portal for Army training resources.


To read the rest of the Army Stand To Click here.




ALMS

 

Improvements to Army Learning Management System


Improvements to Army Learning Management System The Army Learning Management System (ALMS), delivers online Army training to Soldiers and Army civilians. With 1.2 million users, the ALMS is one of the world's largest learning management systems, delivering a significant portion of Army education and training.


Click here to read the Army Stand To about ALMS.




CTC

 

CTCs change for decisive action

 

The US Army’s Combat Training Centers (CTCs) continue to serve as the premier leader development and collective training venues in the world.


To read the rest oftThe Military Review article click here.

June 2013

CTC

 

Avatars assist in Soldier training

 

Virtual reality Soldiers and Marines utilize video game training and fight battles in virtual worlds using avatars and other high-tech simulation to hone their mission readiness and training skills. The Army’s Games For Training (GFT) program is a collection of computer training software and gaming technology designed to apply combat lessons and operational capabilities in a virtual environment.


Click here to read the rest of the Military Training Technology article.


CTC

 

Army challenge: Make systems easier to learn, operate

 

Senior leaders across the Army agree that the Army needs to make new systems easier for soldiers to learn and operate. This article will explore the implications of that challenge and what can be done to address it.


Click here to read the rest of the Military Training Technology article.


Change of Command

 

New commander at MCTP

 

In a Mission Command Training Program change of command ceremony June 26 on Main Parade, Col. Clay B. Hatcher relinquished control to Col. Edward T. Bohnemann. In opening remarks at the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training, thanked Hatcher for his 28 years of “phenomenal” Army service and Bohnemann for picking up “the mantle of command of what is a unique and truly special organization” in the Army.


To read the rest of The FortLeavenworth Lamp article click here.

 


Change of Command

 

Business executives visit NSC


National Simulation Center Deputy Director Matt Belford tells local business leaders how the Army uses technology to train Soldiers and develop leaders. Members of the Kansas City Business Executives for National Security visited Fort Leavenworth in June. At the NSC, they learned about training simulations and the Integrated Training Environment.




Change of Command


California Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin monitors a battle during the 40th Infantry Division’s Warfighter exercise at Fort Leavenworth. The exercise tested the division’s combat readiness. The Mission Command Training Program played an important role in the June 8-16 exercise.


Click here to learn more.




COL Johnson Accepting LOMLTC Olson

In the first photo, COL Miciotto “Bear” Johnson (left) receives the Legion of Merit Award from BG Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training. Johnson was the director of the TRADOC Capability Manager – Virtual (TCM V) and is leaving for another assignment. Lundy thanked Johnson for his service and for thinking of Soldiers first and foremost. In the second photo, Lundy presents the TCM V charter to the new director, LTC Eric Olson who said he looks forward to leading the organization. TCM V is the Army’s centralized planner, manager and integrator for all capability developments associated with virtual simulators, simulations and other components of virtual training.



Change of Command


Army launches new leader development strategy


Leader development is the deliberate, continuous, and progressive process-founded in Army values-that grows Soldiers and Army Civilians into competent, committed professional leaders of character. How does the new Army Leader Development Strategy apply to you?


Click here to learn more.




Change of Command


CTC rotation, home station linked in training exercise


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- A unique training event will digitally link a unit at a Combat Training Center with a home station unit, helping commanders create dynamic exercises. The Global Simulation Capability (GSC) of the National Simulation Center (NSC) is working with the 10th Mountain Division on this new type of training exercise. The NSC is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center -- Training (CAC-T), Fort Leavenworth. "Linking units at home station to units conducting training at the CTCs provides commanders increased opportunities for multi-echelon and combined arms training," said Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general of CAC-T. "This provides commanders an expanded range of options to train mission command at lower costs while maximizing the higher fidelity of the CTC environment. "


Click here to read the rest of the article.




CSA


COL Mike Barbee receives Legion of Merit Award


BG Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center – Training, (left) presents the Legion of Merit Award to COL Mike Barbee. Barbee is leaving his post as director of the Combat Training Center Directorate (CTCD) for another assignment. During a ceremony outside of CAC-T headquarters, Lundy congratulated Barbee for his leadership of CCTD. Barbee thanked members of CTCD and CAC-T for their service and assistance.



May 2013

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Change of Command


Col. Liddell takes over at ATSC


JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Col. Dave Liddell is the new commander of the Army Training Support Center (ATSC), replacing Col. Sharon Baker. ATSC is a subordinate organization of the Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T). Col. Dave Liddell receives the Army Training Support Center colors from Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center-Training. Liddell replaced outgoing ATSC commander Col. Sharon Baker (right) who retired.Photo by Chris Deluca.


Click here to read the rest of the article.




Project Warrior


Army renews Project Warrior


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Army is restarting a program to pass on insights and knowledge from the Combat Training Centers to benefit the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command Centers of Excellence and the force. In May, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno announced the re-establishment of Project Warrior to help the Army transition from a force focused on counterinsurgency operations to a smaller, more versatile one ready for a wide range of missions. Odierno said Project Warrior will assist in the transition by producing agile, adaptive leaders.


Click here to read the rest of the article.




Fort Hood Battle


Brigade commander discusses benefits of Integrated Training Environment


More than 600 Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division participated in an exercise that combined live, virtual and constructive enablers. Last year’s exercise tested the computer software and hardware that allow the enablers to work with each other seamlessly. The computer software and hardware also stimulated Mission Command Systems with realistic information about unit actions – both live and simulated.


Click here to see 2nd BCT commander Col. Robert Whittle discuss the exercise.


To learn more, see the Integrated Training Environment page.




CSA


Aviation Digest article tells how the Army Joint Support Team assists air-ground integration


Click here to read article on pages 22-23 of Aviation Digest.




TRADOC


Army publishes new Distributed Learning Guide



    The new guide:

  • Adds guidance on the planning, analysis, design, development, and delivery of distributed learning products formerly contained in United States Army Training and Doctrine Command pamphlet 350-70-2.
  • Updates procedures that support policy in United States Army Training and Doctrine Command regulation 350-70.
  • Applies administrative restructuring.


Click here to read new guide: 350-70-12.




CSA


CSA announces Project Warrior


Critical to effectively managing this transition described in the Army Training Strategy is the development of agile and adaptive leaders. These leaders must be agile enough to rapidly adjust from conducting stability operations in a counterinsurgency one day to conducting offensive operations against a large conventional force the next. They must be adaptive to a broad spectrum of operational environmental conditions, with the professional acumen to recognize both opportunities and risks. One of the programs I am restarting to build these agile, adaptive leaders is Project Warrior.


Click here to read the rest of the announcement.



DL


ATN becomes more user friendly


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- New features on the Army Training Network (ATN) web site make it easier for Soldiers and Commanders to access vital training materials. "Changes to the homepage and the site's content have streamlined access and sped up information delivery," said Jimmy Davis, ATN Team Lead at the Combined Arms Center - Training's Training Management Directorate (TMD). "We know Soldiers need information now, not tomorrow." TMD is responsible for ATN, the Army's one-stop shop and information source for training. Its web site is at: https://atn.army.mil/.


Click here to read the rest of the article.


Click here to see video about improvements to ATN.




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Page hits on the Combine Arms Training Strategies (CATS) viewer are up substantially. Recently, they rose to 25,000 views a month compared with 8,000 views last April. Interest in CATS increased with the publication of new training doctrine. Training teams also visited posts to explain the benefits of CATS and other Army Training Network digital resources. CATS offers task-based, event-driven training strategies that assist commanders in planning and executing training events.


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April 2013

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Officers at the Command and General Staff College have access at their fingertips to course materials, thanks to a new software program and dot-com address that may be accessed using their personal mobile devices.


Army making distributed learning more accessible


Army learning institutions are making course materials that were once hidden behind online firewalls more accessible, on students’ mobile devices and in their homes.


A one-year Army pilot program is aimed at helping students learn by unshackling course materials from the service’s increasingly tougher cybersecurity measures — which are fine for operational computer networks but perhaps overkill for Army schools, say officials close to the effort.


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Portal


New Internet portal helps Soldiers plan, manage careers


An innovative tool to provide soldiers and leaders with a single Internet portal to plan and manage careers is fully operational after several years of development.


Called Army Career Tracker, the online system is serving nearly 400,000 users and registering several thousands of additional soldiers every week, according to John Sparks, director of the NCO Institute of Professional Development at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.


About 67 percent of Career Tracker’s current users are active and reserve enlisted soldiers, 20 percent Army civilian employees and 13 percent officers.


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Computer gaming teaches battlefield skills


FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Players hunched in front of computer screens, intently moving their military uniform-clad avatars to capture objectives and neutralize enemy forces with swift keystrokes and mouse clicks. Muffled gunfire could be heard through the headsets each player wore, masked only by occasional verbal instructions and warnings into microphones.
At first sight, it seems these "players" are enjoying the latest first-person shooter video game. However, these gamers are U.S. Army Soldiers in combat training using Virtual Battle Space 2, a high-tech simulator designed to teach the vital skills to survive and succeed on the battlefield.


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March 2013

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Members of 321st Sustainment Brigade trained by MCTP


Operations Group Sierra trained 76 Army Reserve Soldiers and their leadership from the 321st Sustainment Brigade (Redstick Warriors) during United Endeavor (UE) 13-2.


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MCTP trains 15th Sustainment Brigade


Operations Group – Sierra trained 219 Soldiers from the Fort Bliss, Texas, based 15th Sustainment Brigade during United Endeavor (UE) 13-2 conducted at Fort Carson, Colo., from March 20-29.


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Local Rotarians visit NSC


Twenty members of the Rotary Club of Village West learn about gaming during their visit to the National Simulation Center. TCM Gaming’s Anthony Rolfe explained how the Army uses gaming to train Soldiers and develop leaders. Rolfe also discussed the avatar program that matches Soldiers’ physical attributes, appearance, marksmanship and physical fitness scores with their avatars. By using the avatars, the Army creates more realistic training scenarios. During the visit, TCM Gaming created a facial avatar of one of the Rotarians. Members of the Kansas City, Kan., club represent local businesses and community groups.



AJST provides air integration training


New Training system


Maj. Hector Fernandez learns how to integrate theater air and missile defense into an Area Air Defense Plan. He attended a recent course at Army Joint Support Team (AJST) at Hurlburt, Fla. Maj. (P) Jeffrey Dahlgren (right) and Lt. Col. (P) Shana Peck were instructors at the Integrated Air and Missile Defense course. At Hurlburt, AJST teaches two other resident courses in Joint Air Operations Center Command and Control, and Air Operations Center Initial Qualification Training.



DSTS preparing Soldiers at Camp Atterbury


New Training system


In a warehouse looking much like a laser tag game room, nine soldiers gear up with flip down goggle mounts, sensors strapped to their arms and legs and carry a computer-enhanced weapon system. Just five years ago, this scenario may have only been seen in a video game. Today, virtual training environments are a reality. The Dismounted Soldier Training System and Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 are two virtual training tools that are quickly becoming the norm for soldiers of the 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, in training deploying units at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.


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New training system aims to improve helicopters' firing accuarcy


New Training system


A new training system being fielded this year will help Apache and Kiowa pilots improve their accuracy on their big guns.



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TMD holds first Twitter town hall


TMD holds first Twitter town hall


Lynn Rolf (left) and Dan Hope respond to questions at the Army Training Network’s first Twitter town hall. Rolf, Hope and Bill Brosnan took questions via the social media platform at the Training Management Directorate (TMD) headquarters on March 8. The TMD experts answered questions about Mission Essential Task Lists, Key Collective Tasks and other issues. In all, they responded to nearly 25 questions as part of the outreach effort, which TMD plans to hold each month. TMD is responsible for the Army Training Network, an on-line one-stop resource for training products and assistance.




Fort Bliss Soldiers train in live, virtual and constructive


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FORT BLISS, Texas — More than a dozen troops carefully maneuver through overgrown shrubs, firing laser-tag rifles at the enemy as they advance on a compound in the New Mexico desert. Fifty miles away in West Texas, other soldiers in helicopter and tank simulators provide air and ground support for the virtual training exercise. An Army supervisor watches it all unfold on a computer screen at a Fort Bliss command center. The real mission, however, comes next: a thorough, high-tech review of the soldiers’ tactics. The exercise is part of a new Army virtual program that records every aspect of training missions so soldiers can use video game-like replay to study how effectively the ground and air forces interacted. The system — a major upgrade over previous platforms that didn’t fully integrate tank and helicopter communications — will be installed at posts across the U.S. and abroad. The Integrated Training Environment is designed to cut costs, sharpen soldiers’ ability to interact with various units and allow the military to more quickly train the growing ranks of troops returning from deployment. However, it’s not intended to do away with live training altogether but rather, to better prepare soldiers for real-life training exercises.



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Vietnam veteran honored with Purple Heart ceremony


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Brig. Gen. Mike Lundy, deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center - Training, pinned a Purple Heart on Vietnam War veteran Spec. 5 Danny Taylor of Kansas City, Kan. Taylor and his wife, Brenda, were honored at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth on March 1. Taylor was wounded on Jan. 31, 1968 during the Tet Offensive. He received his Purple Heart about 30 years later, but never had a formal ceremony. Recently the Taylor family, through the Leavenworth VFW chapter, contacted the Combined Arms Center about a possible award service. At the ceremony, Lundy thanked Taylor for his military service. Taylor said he was glad to receive the award at a formal ceremony. Representatives from the VA, VFW Post 56, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 75 and the Gold Star Families also participated in the ceremony.





MCTP Soldiers help train US and ROK Forces during Key Resolve 13


MCTP Soldiers help train US and ROK Forces during Key Resolve 13


MCTP Soldiers help train US and ROK Forces during Key Resolve 13


MCTP Soldiers help train US and ROK Forces during Key Resolve 13


WARRIOR BASE, Republic of Korea, -- On a small, fenced enclosure less than 10 kilometers from the United Nations’ mandated Demilitarized Zone, approximately 50 Soldiers and civilians of the Mission Command Training Program’s Operations Group Alpha helped train the U.S. Army’s 8th Army Headquarters for two weeks during its joint exercise with their South Korean allies.


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February 2013

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Training Management Directorate team teaches at Fort Bragg


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FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Just as optempo (operations tempo) is changing across the military, so is the way individual units train service-wide. Department of Defense established mobile training teams, which visited various posts, with Fort Bragg being its most recent stop. The MTTs were designed to train training managers and trainers throughout the Army on how to plan, prepare, execute and access training. During the past 11 years of war, training within commands was primarily directed from a top down leadership approach.



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New tracking system improves helicopter gunnery


AWSS acceptance test at Fort Rucker, Ala.


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- This year the Army will start fielding a new training system that will more accurately track helicopter rocket firing. The new Aerial Weapons Scoring System (AWSS) recently passed its government acceptance test at Fort Rucker, Ala. The new system for crews in Kiowa and Apache helicopters follows a 2010 TRADOC decision to improve helicopter scoring capabilities for rapid and paired rocket engagements during diving fire.



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New marksmanship training system showcased


Brig. Gen. Lundy is shown the LOMAH system at Fort Eustis.


FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Experts from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager-Live conducted a live-fire demonstration of the redesigned Location of Miss and Hit System, or LOMAH, at Fort Eustis, Va., Feb. 5. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, Combined Arms Center-Training deputy commanding general, attended the event at Fort Eustis' Range 3 to get a first-hand view of the system and its benefits.



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AWSS acceptance test at Fort Rucker, Ala.


January 2013

Gaming is serious business


Gaming is serious business


An article in The Amplifier explains the importance of gaming in the Army. One of the article's authors is Marco Conners of TCM Gaming at the National Simulation Center. TCM Gaming is the centralized planner, manager, and integrator for all Gaming capabilities development for the Army.



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Integrated Training Environment moves forward


ITE moves forward


A 1st Armored Division Soldier provides covering fire during an Integrated Training Environment exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Soldiers are wearing the new Homestation Instrumentation Training System (HITS). HITS is an instrumented training system that supports live force-on-force training.


FORT BLISS, TX. – An Army tool to streamline training and allow interoperability should finish fielding at Fort Bliss by Jan. 25, part of a larger roll-out to multiple training stations across the country. The tool is dubbed LVC-IA, the live-virtual-constructive integrating architecture. It is a combination of hardware and software, and is the Army program of record that provides protocol standards for interfacing different components of simulations. One focal program is the Integrated Training Environment, a combination of systems that can be used for both individual and multi-echelon training.



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Mobile Training Team teaches unit training at JBLM


Instructor Jimmy Davis, of the Combined Arms Center-Training Division at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., conducts a recent training management course for JBLM Soldiers and civilians.


A mobile training team from the Combined Arms Center-Training Division at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., reinforced the Army’s changing approach to training management for about 80 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers and civilians from Jan. 29 to 31.



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Army introduces new marksmanship system


Marksmanship system


The Army is fielding a new electronic shot detection and location system at its basic training sites to improve marksmanship training for its newest soldiers. Called Location of Miss and Hit, it is an upgrade to an existing system that has since become outdated, officials said.



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Washburn dean commemorates Dr. King


Meredith Kidd, Dean of Students, Washburn University


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Washburn University Dean Meredith Kidd remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and recalled King’s “I have a dream speech.” Kidd, who is dean of students at the Topeka, Kan., university, was the guest speaker at Fort Leavenworth’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon at the Frontier Conference Center. Kidd is also a Navy veteran and has worked extensively with veterans. He recounted King’s work organizing and leading the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Kidd called King’s 1963 speech in Washington DC “the most powerful words spoken by anyone.” He then quoted from the speech.

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New marksmanship training system wins approval


A trooper from Charlie Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division uses the new Location of Miss and Hit system on the Fowler Range at Fort Benning, Ga.


FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A new Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) electronic shot detection and location system recently passed its Government Acceptance Test (GAT). The LOMAH system tracks rounds fired on or near targets to support Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) training strategies. The new system improves rifle range efficiency, increases training effectiveness, and saves time for commanders and Soldiers.


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