These young kids, these young Americans, are the true epitome of the Citizen-Soldier. The future is solidified by those great privates and specialists out there over these last three weeks of Hurricane Sandy (relief operations), demonstrating to America what we're capable of doing.
- Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk W. Conley, sergeant major of the Army National Guard
Senior leaders impressed by Guard response to Hurricane Sandy
We (have) an awesome Army. We (have) awesome communities ... With one program, if we get it right, and we connect the dots, we can have a huge impact ... to shape and protect our Army.
- Command Sgt. Maj. Earl L. Rice, senior enlisted adviser at U.S. Army's Installation Management Command, emphasizes the importance of the Unit Sponsorship Coordinator Program in the Army's overall Total Army Sponsorship Program, by ensuring sponsorship is implemented at the brigade level.
Army leadership focuses on sponsorship Fort Drum graduates first coordinators
Exercise Combined Endeavor
What is it?
Combined Endeavor is a U.S. European Command led, U.S. Army Europe supported exercise and is the premier command, control, communications and computer systems exercise in U.S. Army Europe's area of responsibility. It prepares U.S., NATO, Partnership for Peace and international military forces for command and control (C2) systems deployment in support of real-world and crisis response operations through collaborative planning, training, testing and integration of fielded organic national command and control systems.
This year, more than 1,600 personnel from 41 countries and international organizations participated in interoperability tests in the areas of secure voice, video services, email and data transmission systems, single channel radio as well as the latest in cyber defense tactics, techniques and procedures.
What has the Army done?
First held in 1995, Combined Endeavor enhances collaboration between nations, especially through contribution to an interoperability guide of communications and network systems which has been used by participating nations as an electronic roadmap to respond to major military and humanitarian relief efforts around the world. Examples include the 2006 evacuation of Lebanon, the 2004 Tsunami relief efforts and NATO operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The future of Combined Endeavor is evolving. The exercise will continue to shift from a historical emphasis on point-to-point functional testing to a more operational focus. Multiple functional tests will be conducted with an assessment of overall information flow, such as the ability of commanders to issue orders and receive reports regardless of the multinational structure of the command.
Why is this important to the Army?
Combined Endeavor provides a complex communications testing environment that not only builds partnerships and trust between coalition and partner nations, it also proves the methods of C2 programs and applications capabilities outside of a developmental environment. This exercise provides a framework and vehicle for the U.S. Army to develop connection architectures for future coalition military or humanitarian operations and exercises. This exercise is also an opportunity for the U.S. Army to partner directly with nations on a bilateral basis to identify capability gaps or shortfalls and strive to develop tactics, techniques and procedures and fixes to everyday interoperability challenges.
U.S. Army Europe
U.S. European Command
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