Without improving our energy security, we are not merely standing still as a military or as a nation, we are falling behind.
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, emphasizing the importance of energy as essential in keeping the military the most effective, in a keynote address at a Pentagon Energy Security Forum in the Pentagon Auditorium, Oct. 18.
CJCS discusses importance of energy in today's military
On the outside, you wouldn't be able to see that, but on the inside, I was screaming for help.
- Schantel Thomas, a domestic violence survivor, sharing her experiences from an abusive relationship at the Domestic Violence Prevention Proclamation Signing Ceremony at III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.
Domestic violence victim speaks out at proclamation signing
Mission Command Training Program: New name reflects new direction
What is it?
For 25 years, the Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) - previously known as the Battle Command Training Program - has been the U.S. Army's only deployable combat training center, sending teams wherever needed to support commanders as they trained their brigade, division and corps staffs.
In addition to its role of providing a realistic training environment for commanders and their staffs, MCTP has served since October 1986 as a reservoir of skilled officers who can supplement the staffs of deploying units. In 2008, BCTP received the Army Superior Unit Award, one of the Army's top unit awards, for its unique contributions to U.S. Army readiness and capabilities.
What has the Army done?
Organized in 1986 as the Battle Command Training Program, the unit was part of the first revolution in Army training that saw the creation of maneuver combat training centers (MCTCs) at Fort Irwin, Calif. Fort Polk, La. and Hohenfels, Germany. The MCTCs concentrated on training maneuver battalions fighting against a realistic opposing force. Earlier this year, the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas-based organization changed its name to the Mission Command Training Program. The new name reflects MCTP's increased focus on the commander's need to empower operationally adaptive leaders to conduct simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability or civil support operations against a combination of conventional forces, irregular combatants, terrorist organizations and criminal gangs.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
MCTP's focus on Mission Command will prepare versatile Army units - from Brigade Combat Teams, Functional and Multi-functional Support Brigades to echelons above Corps - and leaders who are more agile, adaptive, and capable of overcoming present and future threats. While continuing to support Mission Readiness Exercises for Deployable Expeditionary Forces, MCTP will begin to implement Full-Spectrum Exercises (FSXs) for Contingency Expeditionary Forces. The Mission Command Training Program will continue to serve as a key gate in ARFORGEN training strategies, serving at the forefront of Army doctrine and evolving to help maintain America's Army as the best fighting force in the world.
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