By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsNovember 22, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center commanding general, Nov. 20-21, to highlight current training, credentialing and doctrine 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.
On the first day of his visit, Perkins took the opportunity to share his thoughts with students attending ALU's Combined Logistics Captain Career Course. During his remarks, he explained the function of CAC and how the Army's new doctrine process works.
"We needed to restructure how we develop doctrine, rethink how we published it, and how we can keep it current and relevant, yet universal," Perkins said. He added that the Army went from over 500 manuals describing warfare, to just 15 easy-to-read core manuals on how to think about warfare.
The next day, he was hosted by the commandants of each school for a tour of their facilities. His first stop was the Ordnance School where he spoke with students and viewed the different training departments. Instructors provided demonstrations of various skills-based training, the virtual welder and the Stryker interactive classroom. He also learned about the many credentialing and female integration initiatives the school is undertaking.
Perkins then returned to ALU, where he discussed professional development opportunities with students attending intermediate-level education courses.
After departing the university, his final stops were with the Quartermaster School's Logistics Training Department and Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. While at LTD, Perkins viewed Soldiers learning the Army's new global combat support system. He then visited the culinary center where service members learn basic and advanced food service skills.
After spending the day at the Home of Sustainment, Perkins stated he was impressed with the quality of training and the professionalism of the Soldiers and civilians providing it.
"You have not been captivated by technology, but rather have leveraged it, realizing the cornerstone of our Army is the Soldier," he said. "I feel very confident that the sustainment capability of our Army is in very good hands here at CASCOM."
CAC, located at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., develops and integrates Army leader development, doctrine, education, lessons learned, functional training, training support, training development, and proponent responsibilities. This in turn supports mission command and prepares the Army to successfully conduct unified land operations in a joint, inter-agency, inter-governmental and multinational environment.