The health of the force remains our top priority. We are continuing to make progress in many areas and that is largely a reflection of leader involvement. That said, we recognize that we still have a lot of work to do and we must keep getting better.
- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, speaks about the week-long tour along with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, and Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, assistant chief of staff for installation management, which is an effort to see firsthand the impact of Army best practices, and where Army may need to apply more resources or affect policy changes.
Army leaders to conduct 'health of the force' visits at six installations
The competition is set up to determine the best, well-rounded Soldiers, not the smartest, fastest or quickest person and not the best at doing the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. The best, well-rounded Soldiers will win the competition.
- Sgt. 1st Class Randall Reed, the Best Warrior planning cell NCO in charge, speaking about the Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year contest that will play out over a four-day period, Oct. 15-18 at Fort Lee, Va.
Army's Best Warrior Competition to get minor makeover
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U.S. Army Europe Combined Forces Land Component Commanders Seminar
What is it?
U.S. Army Europe is conducting a first of its kind European Combined Forces Land Component Commanders (CLFCC) Seminar at the Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, in July. This seminar is designed to link senior leaders and experienced land forces commanders from the U.S. with a multitude of different European nations' army leaders to discuss the complexities of a CFLCC and operational level mission command.
What has the Army done?
While the CFLCC seminar is conducted routinely in CONUS at the Army War College, this is the first time it has been exported and will be conducted in Europe. This seminar is the next step in the natural evolution of training events conducted in Europe. USAREUR routinely conducts exercises with partner nations focusing on the squad to battalion level in contrast, this seminar is tailored for senior European army leaders who control forces at the operational level.
By inviting partnered nations, many of whom are currently serving beside U.S. forces in Afghanistan, USAREUR hopes to build on previously established relationships. USAREUR has taken the model used in the CONUS seminar and adjusted the topics which will be presented to the invited European leaders. By doing so, USAREUR expects this seminar will generate a better understanding of the complexities and challenges presented in multinational operations. Up to 20 nations are expected to attend where they will discuss topics as diverse as, 'coordinating stability and reconstruction efforts,' to 'cyber warfare.'
What continued efforts are planned for this in the future?
Because, the CFLCC seminar is geared toward senior leaders (Colonels and Brigadier Generals), USAREUR hopes that it will become a recurring opportunity for allies, partner nations and NATO members to meet and resolve challenges that future operations may hold. The seminar format can also be used by other Army service component commands to strengthen relationships in other geographical areas of responsibility.
Why is this important to the Army?
As proven by major and contingency operations around the globe, and specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. forces will function beside allied forces. A great number of those allied forces come from countries in Europe. Events like this seminar help ensure success in future operations by developing senior leader relationships, trust and an understanding of the nuances that affect land forces of different nations.
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