Training on the Virtual Net

Training on the Virtual Net

Video game-like approach reduces classroom time, increases engagement By Maj. Naim R. Lee, Ms. Caroline McCarthy and Dr. Samuel Johnson Today’s Soldiers have grown up in the digital age. They play video games that enable friends and even strangers to team up online to slay aliens, combat terrorists and save the world. They take advanced high school and college classes online, and their smartphones are almost an appendage. “Death by PowerPoint” is no longer an effective means of training, especially on the Army’s advanced network and communications equipment. Soldiers are now learning faster and more efficiently, immersed in operational scenarios within virtual training environments and using the power of their […]

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson

Faces of the Force: Lt. Col. Mark P. Henderson

POSITION: Training With Industry Fellow COMPANY: Cisco Systems, Inc., Herndon, Virginia TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE: 23 AWARDS: (2) Bronze Star Medals EDUCATION: MBA and M. Ed. Troy University, Troy, Alabama; BS Political Science and Government, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. DEPLOYMENTS: 2007-2009, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan; 2010-2011, Afghanistan   Acquisition officer trades uniform for a suit   By Tara Clements Having served in the Army for 23 years, six of them as an enlisted Soldier, Lt. Col. Mark Henderson has enjoyed diverse and challenging assignments, but is always looking for ways to grow and improve—leading him to one of the most insightful and rewarding jobs of his career. Several months […]

‘Digital Dirt’

‘Digital Dirt’

With too many boots for too little ground, training system expands units’ options By Col. Wayne Epps American humorist Will Rogers is often quoted as saying, “Buy land. They aren’t making any more of the stuff!” The Army is not finding that quip quite as funny as it once was, as the number of troops returning to their home stations puts a serious strain on the available training space. While the Army was heavily deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, a typical Army post had most of its units in combat, leaving the pre-deployment units back home with ample space to conduct live training. Today, that situation is reversed, which is […]

May the Force Be Ready

May the Force Be Ready

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The July – September electronic edition of Army AL&T magazine is now online at http://usaasc.armyalt.com/, with the print edition coming to you shortly. The theme of this issue is training and force readiness, and it’s packed with must-read material, from how the Army trains and “grows” contracting professionals, to a deep dive into the Training with Industry program to how a Soldier amputee invented his own prosthesis so he could run again. As the on-the-job training in the “schoolhouses” of Southwest Asia ends, the Army must find other ways to keep the force trained and ready. The magazine will take you into […]

Army creates common technology marketplace for communications hardware

Army creates common technology marketplace for communications hardware

By Claire Heininger, PEO C3T   ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 15, 2014) — The Army is creating a standard marketplace of tactical communications hardware to support the Common Operating Environment (COE) initiative and deliver a familiar and intuitive experience for Soldiers. The Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program office maintains a portfolio of commercial technologies that satisfy tactical requirements including servers, clients, network routing and switching devices, ruggedized laptops, handheld devices, operational transit cases and other peripheral devices. As the Army advances the COE framework to support the rapid development and delivery of secure, interoperable software applications, CHS is coordinating with multiple programs to facilitate efficient procurement and sustainment of […]

Sustaining the readiness and training in the Republic of Korea

Sustaining the readiness and training in the Republic of Korea

By Lt. Col. Frazariel I. Castro   The U.S. Army recently deployed its first two rotational units to the Korean Theater of Operations. These deployments, in support of the U.S. defense commitment to the Republic of Korea (ROK) as specified by the mutual defense treaty and presidential agreements, increases theater readiness and strengthens the cooperation and capability between U.S. and ROK forces. Their operational readiness, and the readiness of warfighting units already on the peninsula, is paramount and is a major focus of logisticians throughout the theater as we focus on our ability to “fight tonight.” The 403rd Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB), a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army […]

Assistant Secretary of Defense Recognized for Skill in Communication

Assistant Secretary of Defense Recognized for Skill in Communication

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Katrina McFarland, received the David D. Acker “Skill in Communication” Award. The Acker Award is the most prestigious of the awards sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Alumni Association. It is presented annually to an individual who has promoted and communicated acquisition management and leadership excellence to the acquisition workforce. During the presentation ceremony, DAU Alumni Association President Bill Bahnmaier remarked on the various events in which Mrs. McFarland participated. “I still vividly recall one of those forums which addressed how to prepare for – and the type of material required – to successfully present a program for decision at a Defense […]

‘Mastering’ advanced education opportunities

‘Mastering’ advanced education opportunities

Do you need a few more college courses to meet your business hour requirement to become an Army Acquisition Corps member? Do you think a master’s degree will help you achieve that next career step? Has completing your bachelor’s degree been a lifelong goal? If you answered yes to any of those questions or are just interested in taking a few classes, hopefully you are familiar with the advanced degree programs offered by your Army DACM Office. Our most popular tuition assistance program is the Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP). The Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) announcement for ATAP opened July 8 and closes August 6. ATAP is a […]

Leveraging technology to innovate RCAS training

Leveraging technology to innovate RCAS training

By Robert G. Medley and Rita G. Bartholomew Since its inception, Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS) has faced a number of training challenges. Soldier time constraints, weekend training in remote locations, and restricted instructor travel budgets forced the RCAS training team to develop new ways to deliver training to Reserve Component (RC) personnel. Our training team has met these challenges with one critical mission in mind: deliver quality training to thousands of RC users from both the Army National Guard (ARNG) and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) to enhance their day-to-day mobilization, safety, force management and personnel operations. Beginning in the 1990s, RCAS conducted on-site training for the RC Commands. […]

Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July

Army DACM Office Hot Topics – July

Hot Topic #1: Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – President John F. Kennedy The Army Director, Acquisition Management (DACM) Office is sponsoring a unique leadership training opportunity at no cost to your command. Here are just a few testimonials from former students: “Career- and life-changing training.” “Loved every minute. I will be recommending to our leadership that more individuals from our command attend this training. Thank you!!” “Unique approach. This training was not what I was expecting. Very helpful information.” “This is a very good class that gives you a different look at how you see yourself and how you can use […]