By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsMay 28, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. -- Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee command sergeant major, hosted a visit by Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command command sergeant major, to learn about initiatives and observe training May 23.
CASCOM, a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is responsible for training over 185,000 students annually through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University.
During Dailey's tour of the Ordnance School campus, he observed training in the Stryker Maintenance Course facility, and saw first-hand how Soldiers learn in the interactive classrooms. Students in the course virtually troubleshoot the vehicle, using a hi-tech computer simulation, before progressing to the Stryker bays where they receive hands-on training.
After the Stryker facility, Dailey proceeded to the Allied Trades Course building to learn about the training and credentialing opportunities available for welding and machining skills.
During the tour, he had the opportunity to try a state-of-the-art training device - the virtual welder simulator. This simulator replicates the actual welding process, without using consumable items such as welding rods. Instructors can monitor a student's progress and suggest ways to improve their technique before using the actual welding units. Dailey scored well on his first attempt, but commented that it was a challenging task.
The last stop on his tour was the machining and computer aided design milling labs, where students learn machining skills. This course also provides advanced training as they progress in their careers. Dailey was impressed with the level of training the Soldiers receive, and the National Institute of Metalworking certificates they can earn during their time at the school.
As Dailey was ready to depart the school, he commented to the instructors and senior leaders, about how CASCOM is leading the Army in credentialing initiative opportunities.
Initiatives are in support of a Presidential Task Force on veteran employment opportunities to enhance credentialing and employment possibilities when service members leave the military.