By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsMay 7, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, incoming U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general, May 6, to highlight current training and materiel initiatives.
CASCOM is responsible for training over 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 the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
While visiting CASCOM, Allyn took the opportunity to share his thoughts with students graduating from ALU's Ordnance Basic Officer Leader Course. During his remarks, he advised the young officers as well as congratulated them on their accomplishment.
"We don't get to pick our missions, and when called, our nation depends upon us to always deliver," Allyn said. "All of you will contribute significantly in writing the next chapters of our Army and nation's history."
After the ceremony, Allyn proceeded to the Ordnance School for a tour of the facility. While there, he had the opportunity to speak with students and view the different training departments.
Instructors provided demonstrations of various simulators used in training service members to include the virtual welder and Stryker interactive classroom. By using simulators, students can learn the basics of a specialty before engaging in hands-on training.
After departing the school, his final stop was at the Quartermaster School's Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department. Allyn viewed Soldiers learning to pack parachutes, observed a demonstration of the virtual reality parachute simulator and learned about the Laundry Advanced System, which is used to wash and dry clothing in the field.
After spending the day at the home of sustainment, Allyn stated he was impressed with the quality of training he viewed and the professionalism of the Soldiers and civilians providing it.
The U.S. Army Forces Command is the Army's largest command and the generating force provider for combatant commanders at home and abroad. Located at Fort Bragg, N.C., FORSCOM prepares conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power in defense of the nation.