• Chief Warrant Officer 4 Isaiah L. Smith, Transportation School instructor and course writer, explains the strategic benefits of the Joint High Speed Vessel simulator to Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during an April 22 command tour at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The simulator is used in the classroom to train Soldiers on the operation of Army watercraft prior to the practical application of piloting an actual vessel. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider)

    New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Isaiah L. Smith, Transportation School instructor and course writer, explains the strategic benefits of the Joint High Speed Vessel simulator to Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine...

  • Col. Randal W. Nelson, 7th Transportation Brigade Expeditionary commanding officer, describes the mission and capabilities of Army watercraft to Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during an April 22 command visit. Perkins toured the Landing Craft Utility-2000 vessel as part of his visit to various Combined Arms Support Command training facilities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider)

    New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment

    Col. Randal W. Nelson, 7th Transportation Brigade Expeditionary commanding officer, describes the mission and capabilities of Army watercraft to Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during an April 22...

  • Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, center, comments on the importance of the Combined Arms Support Command's upcoming Rehearsal of Concept Drill during a discussion at Fort Lee on April 22. The ROC Drill allows CASCOM to capture lessons learned, best practices and recommended solutions with the intent of refining sustainment capabilities for the force. (U.S. Army photo by Keith Desbois)

    New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment

    Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, center, comments on the importance of the Combined Arms Support Command's upcoming Rehearsal of Concept Drill during a discussion at Fort Lee on April 22. The ROC...

  • Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, shares his command philosophy with Combined Arms Support Command Soldiers and civilians during an April 22 talk at the Army Logistics University on Fort Lee. This was Perkins' first visit to the Home of Sustainment as the new TRADOC commander. (U.S. Army photo by Keith Desbois)

    New TRADOC commander visits Home of Sustainment

    Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, shares his command philosophy with Combined Arms Support Command Soldiers and civilians during an April 22 talk at the Army Logistics University on Fort Lee. This was...

FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command here hosted an April 22 visit by Gen. David G. Perkins, the new commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

In addition to showing the many facets of training at the "Home of Army Sustainment," the visit was an opportunity to highlight CASCOM's support of an "Army of Preparation" -- focusing on quality initial entry training, superior logistics capabilities and effective leader development.

CASCOM is responsible for training more than 180,000 students annually through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University. It is also a major subordinate command of TRADOC.

Perkins started his visit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis where he observed the U.S. Army Transportation School's watercraft training. Col. John P. Sullivan, Chief of Transportation and school commandant, discussed the importance of Army watercraft and how it supports the strategic, operational and tactical mobility for Joint and Army forces.

Sullivan also explained the school's credentialing initiatives that provide Soldiers in all transportation military occupational specialties the opportunity to earn civilian accreditation for their experience. Motor transport operators, for example, are receiving training waivers that can be applied toward a commercial driver license. Maritime Soldiers can be certified and licensed on specific watercraft and port operation systems.

After leaving JBLE, Perkins travelled to Fort Lee to continue observing how CASCOM provides game-changing professionals and solutions to logistics challenges. Upon his arrival, he visited the U.S. Army Logistics University for a preview of the command's upcoming Rehearsal of Concept Drill.

The ROC Drill allows CASCOM to capture lessons learned, best practices and recommended solutions with the intent of refining sustainment capabilities for the force. The outcome of the exercise will help the command develop potential solutions to support future Army sustainment operations.

His next destination was the Logistics Exercise and Simulation Directorate. Perkins saw first-hand how the directorate advises the CASCOM leadership on the use of training technologies to execute the sustainment individual and collective learning missions.

The general's last stop was at ALU's Green Auditorium where he spoke to an assembly of military and civilian leaders, sharing his command philosophy. Perkins emphasized the importance of mentoring leaders to be agile and adaptive so they can be successful on the "ever-changing battlefield of the future."

After his presentation, Perkins recognized 12 individuals for their "game-changing" contributions to expeditionary operations. Each person was presented a commanding general's coin and received congratulations for exceptional performance.

At the conclusion of his visit, Perkins commented that what makes the U.S. Army a strategic power is the worldwide logistics capabilities that the Soldiers and civilians of CASCOM provide to the warfighter.

TRADOC, headquartered at Fort Eustis, conducts its mission through six major subordinate centers and commands. It oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a warfighting area of expertise within the Army. These centers train more than 500,000 service members each year.

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