Army, Marine, Air Force combat training leaders consider future direction for Combat Training Center
September 9, 2011
By Diane Walker
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Nearly 100 leaders from U.S. and international military training groups met Aug. 30-31 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for the Combat Training Center, or CTC, Conference.
Hosted by Combined Arms Center's commanding general in his role as the CTC program's responsible official, the twice-yearly event focused on combat training center priorities, opportunities and challenges for the coming year.
The CTC Conference included key Army training leaders from U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Europe, the Department of the Army Headquarters G3 and G2, the Combat Training Centers and the Combined Arms Center. Attendees and presenters also included training representatives from the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as officers from the British, Canadian and Australian armies.
At the beginning of the conference, Brig. Gen. Charles A. Flynn said the event would focus on identifying "how CTCs will fit into Army training as we develop and attempt to create CTC-like experiences at home station." Flynn is acting commanding general for the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
The August CTC Conference agenda was tailored to fit attendee interests and preferences, including updates on current/future CTC rotation design and future initiatives to ensure the CTCs provide the training Soldiers and leaders need to accomplish their mission and support the force and the fight.
Additionally, Canadian and Australian representatives shared details about what their national training centers are doing. Attendees also met in closed-door session to discuss how to keep the CTC relevant as the U.S. Army revitalizes home-station training.
The next CTC Conference is expected to be in March 2012.
Col. Pat White, deputy commander of the Combined Arms Center-Training, called the event a "great conference with participants from across the Army, sister services and the international community."
Part of the U.S. Army's TRADOC, the Combined Arms Center-Training delivers training programs, products and services to leaders and units in support of Army readiness. Wherever Army training occurs, the Combined Arms Center-Training helps make it happen. To learn more about the Combined Arms Center-Training, visit http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cac-t/, www.facebook.com/usacactraining or www.twitter.com/usacactraining.