TRADOC This WeekA publication of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command 1Victory Starts Here...FORT EUSTIS, Va. ■ Issue 6, Vol. 1, Sept. 23, 2011 ■ http://www.facebook.com/USArmyTRADOCCombined Arms Center hosts CSM Bruner bids farewell to TRADOC, ArmyCombat Training Center Conference by Amy Robinson, TRADOC Public Affairsby Diane Walker, CAC-T At the age of 17, a young Dave Bruner set out from Evans- ville, Ind., to make a difference in the U.S. Army. After 36 years FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Nearly 100 of service, he retired Sept. 21 after his final assignment as theleaders from U.S. and international military train- command sergeant major for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doc-ing groups met Aug. 30-31 at Fort Leavenworth, trine Command.Kan., for the Combat Training Center, or CTC, Throughout his distinguished career, Command Sgt. Maj.Conference. David M. Bruner held numerous leadership positions, spanning Hosted by Combined Arms Center’s com- various locations across the globe, including the 101st Airbornemanding general in his role as the CTC program’s Division, 82nd Airborne Division and 2nd Infantry Division. Hisresponsible official, the twice-yearly event fo- long list of awards and distinctions include two Legions of Merit,cused on combat training center priorities, oppor- three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Ranger and Special Forcestunities and challenges for the coming year. Tabs, and Foreign parachutist’s badges from nine countries. The CTC Conference included key Army train- But perhaps one of his most notable achievements was how heing leaders from U.S. Army Forces Command, reconstructed the noncommissioned officer education system. HeU.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. created the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer ProfessionalArmy Europe, the Department of the Army Head- Development and implemented an all-enlisted staff at the U.S.quarters G3 and G2, the Combat Training Centers Army Sergeants Major Academy, to include the first commandand the Combined Arms Center. Attendees and sergeant major to serve as a commandant – all in the Army’s Yearpresenters also included training representatives of the Noncommissioned Officer.from the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps, aswell as officers from the British, Canadian and (See TRADOC CSM retires, on page 2)Australian armies. At the beginning of the conference, Brig. Gen.Charles A. Flynn said the event would focus onidentifying “how CTCs will fit into Army trainingas we develop and attempt to create CTC-likeexperiences at home station.” Flynn is actingcommanding general for the Combined ArmsCenter and Fort Leavenworth. The August CTC Conference agenda wastailored to fit attendee interests and preferences,including updates on current/future CTC rotationdesign and future initiatives to ensure the CTCsprovide the training Soldiers and leaders need toaccomplish their mission and support the forceand the fight. Additionally, Canadian and Australian repre-sentatives shared details about what their national General Robert W. Cone, commanding general for the U.S. Armytraining centers are doing. Attendees also met in Training and Doctrine Command, congratulates the Command Sgt. Maj. of TRADOC, Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Bruner in(See “Combat Training Center,” page 2) the Morelli Auditorium at Fort Eusti, Va. for his 36 years of mili- tary service.
FORT EUSTIS, Va. ■ Issue 6, Vol. 1, Sept. 23, 2011 ■ http://www.facebook.com/USArmyTRADOC 2 (“Combat Training Center,” continued from page 1) (“TRADOC CSM retires,” continued from page 1 “Command Sgt. Major Bruner’s legacy to our Army and to America is remarkable,” said Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC. “Without question, he leaves behind the stron- gest, most capable noncommissioned officer corps we have ever met - the backbone of the Army.” Before his departure, Bruner sat down and shared some memories about his past and thoughts on the future of TRADOC and the Army. What follows are Command Sgt. Maj. Bruner’s personal thoughts on TRADOC and his career. “It was really an honor to serve this command for three-and-a-half years. You know, I avoided TRADOC my whole career because that was ‘the teaching side of the Col. Tory Scott (left), CAC G-3/5/7 assistant chief of house,’ and I just wanted to move forward with the spear. staff, with Brig. Gen. Peter Utley, U.S. Army Training But when I got here, I realized – real quick – that this is and Doctrine Command G-3/5/7 deputy chief of staff, about rolling up your sleeve every day and giving blood. during the Combat Training Center Conference in To share that experience with the young troopers that are Fort Leavenworth, Kan. moving forward and taking the fight to the enemy –that’sclosed-door sessions to discuss how to keep the CTC rel- pretty special. I’m real proud of our noncommissioned of-evant as the U.S. Army revitalizes home-station training. ficers and officers that are out there, working and teaching The next CTC Conference is expected to be in March and giving something back every single day. And actually,2012. victory does start here – it really does.” Col. Pat White, deputy commander of the Combined Click here, to read more.Arms Center-Training, called the event a “great conferencewith participants from across the Army, sister services andthe international community.” Part of the U.S. Army’s TRADOC, the Combined ArmsCenter-Training delivers training programs, products andservices to leaders and units in support of Army readi-ness. Wherever Army training occurs, the Combined ArmsCenter-Training helps make it happen. To learn more aboutthe Combined Arms Center-Training, visit http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cac-t/, www.facebook.com/usacactraining orwww.twitter.com/usacactraining. TRADOC Commanding General Robert W. Cone also awarded Nam U. K. Bruner the outstanding civilian service medal for her contributions to TRADOC from January 2008 to September 2011. Mrs. Bruner made significant contributions in hosting community, state, federal and foreign dignitaries at Free- dom’s Fortress and Fort Monroe, Va.
FORT EUSTIS, Va. ■ Issue 6, Vol. 1, Sept. 23, 2011 ■ http://www.facebook.com/USArmyTRADOC 3Other News in TRADOCDCG-IMT considers changes to physicalfitness testClub Industry.com to initial test scores and suggestions from the rank and file. In addition to designing a test that accurately gauges a Soldier’s ability to perform in the field, TRADOC officials must consider the cost of conducting the test, whether it is fair for both male and female soldiers, and environmental factors, such as terrain at the test sites, Longo said. TRADOC officials now aim to finish trials of the new tests, analyze the results and agree on standards by April 2012 and implement the APRT and ACRT by October 2012. Brigade Modernization Command tests XM-7 Spider Networked MunitionA U.S. Army officer performs the rower during a test of theproposed Army Physical Readiness Test (APRT). Photo bySgt. TJ Moller, courtesy of U.S. Army. The U.S. Army is considering further changes to therevised physical fitness tests it has been trialing for thelast six months following feedback from Army leaders andsoldiers. The Army started piloting two new tests—the ArmyPhysical Readiness Test (APRT) and the Army CombatReadiness Test (ACRT)—in March, with the hope that bothcould be introduced by October. However, officials charged Photo by 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division (BMC)with implementing the new testing procedures are consider-ing some key changes to the tests based on statistical data Soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Brigade, 1stand feedback they received during trials of the new tests Armored Division, Special Troops Battalion, inspect theat eight bases across the country, the Army Times website XM-7 Spider Networked Munition during the Networkreports. Integration Evaluation test event in White Sands Mis- Potential changes to the APRT, intended to replace the sile Range, NM., June 14, 2011. The Brigade Mod-Army’s 30-year-old physical fitness test (PT), include add- ernization Command, under which 2/1 AR is aligned,ing dead-hang pull-ups, increasing the length of the rower provides evaluation feedback that allows TRADOC toportion of the test from one minute to two minutes and assess modernization concepts and their implications.keeping the two-mile run required by the old PT, ratherthan the shorter 1.5-mile run previously proposed for theAPRT. The ACRT, which includes tasks designed to simulatethose that soldiers could perform in the field, may be re-vised to include full body armor in some testing modules. Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, deputy commanding generalof Initial Military Training at Training and Doctrine Com-mand (TRADOC), told the Army Times that the proposedchanges to the APRT were being considered in response
FORT EUSTIS, Va. ■ Issue 6, Vol. 1, Sept. 23, 2011 ■ http://www.facebook.com/USArmyTRADOC 4ARCIC’s Brigade ModernizationCommand assists with Industry DayBy Drew Hamilton, army.mil FORT BLISS, Texas, Sept. 13, 2011 -- Representativesfrom both large defense corporations and smaller businessentities came to Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Mis-sile Range, N.M. Sept. 8 to learn about the Army’s networkstrategy, Network Integrated Evaluations, or NIEs, and itsnew agile acquisition process. Industry day, hosted by Program Executive Office In-tegration, known as PEO I, and other organizations para-mount to the success of the NIEs -- including the BrigadeModernization Command, or BMC, and the Army Testand Evaluation Command, or ATEC -- demonstrated tothe nearly 180 attendees the pivotal role NIEs play in the CAC’s Center for Army LeadershipArmy’s emerging network strategy, and the critical role helps launch MSAFindustry plays in this process. The NIEs are a series of semi-annual evaluations de- Beginning Oct. 1, the Army Officer Evaluationsigned to integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network. Report Form (DA Form 67-9) policy changes toBy combining these events at White Sands/Fort Bliss, the better align with current Army leadership doctrineArmy is able to synchronize formal testing using one com- and more accurately evaluate performance and po-posite Brigade Combat Team -- 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored tential of Army officers, and increase accountabilityDivision -- the unit dedicated to performing operationally and better inform a transparent Talent Managementrelevant tests and evaluations. The Army no longer has to process.tap into many different units for the tests -- it has a single The OER enhancement and changes apply to alltest brigade dedicated to the effort. OERs with a ―thru date of Nov. 1, 2011 and later. During Industry Day, representatives from the 60 plus The changes include: reinstating senior rater boxcompanies who will support future NIEs got a first-hand check for company grade officers, senior rater suc-look at how industry involvement in the development of cessive assignments recommendations, incorporat-networked technology is critical to this strategy, designed to ing a statement on the OER if the rated officer hasleverage industry innovation and standards. Engineers and completed or initiated a Multi-Source Assessmentproject managers learned more about the Army’s acquisi- and Feedback/360 (MSAF) within the last threetion process, fostering a greater understanding of the role years, and a reduction in short-term evaluations.their technologies will play in the NIEs and what they will The Combined Arms Center’s Center for Armyundergo during testing. Leadership helped develop the MSAF concept, PEO I represents a major Army stakeholder in the acqui- building it from the eight leaders core competenciessition of new technology as it continues the management in FM 6-22, Army Leadership.of the Agile Process/NIE Process. The network, whichunderwent six weeks of rigorous testing and evaluation at Follow TRADOC through its social media sites:WSMR during the first NIE this June and July, is expectedto become a kind of mobile, wireless Army internet. It willallow unit commanders, dismounted Soldiers and vehicleson-the-move to share information, navigate and controlbattlefield systems -- while providing enhanced communi-cations between all echelons of a Brigade Combat Team.streamline the evaluation and feedback approach -- allow-ing for more usable test data and direct user feedback to theacquisition community. For more information on this story, click here.