By Keith Desbois, Combined Arms Support Command Public AffairsApril 24, 2014
FORT LEE, Va. - The Combined Arms Support Command here hosted an April 22 visit by Gen. David G. Perkins, the new commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
In addition to showing the many facets of training at the "Home of Army Sustainment," the visit was an opportunity to highlight CASCOM's support of an "Army of Preparation" -- focusing on quality initial entry training, superior logistics capabilities and effective leader development.
CASCOM is responsible for training more than 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 TRADOC.
Perkins started his visit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis where he observed the U.S. Army Transportation School's watercraft training. Col. John P. Sullivan, Chief of Transportation and school commandant, discussed the importance of Army watercraft and how it supports the strategic, operational and tactical mobility for Joint and Army forces.
Sullivan also explained the school's credentialing initiatives that provide Soldiers in all transportation military occupational specialties the opportunity to earn civilian accreditation for their experience. Motor transport operators, for example, are receiving training waivers that can be applied toward a commercial driver license. Maritime Soldiers can be certified and licensed on specific watercraft and port operation systems.
After leaving JBLE, Perkins travelled to Fort Lee to continue observing how CASCOM provides game-changing professionals and solutions to logistics challenges. Upon his arrival, he visited the U.S. Army Logistics University for a preview of the command's upcoming Rehearsal of Concept Drill.
The ROC Drill allows CASCOM to capture lessons learned, best practices and recommended solutions with the intent of refining sustainment capabilities for the force. The outcome of the exercise will help the command develop potential solutions to support future Army sustainment operations.
His next destination was the Logistics Exercise and Simulation Directorate. Perkins saw first-hand how the directorate advises the CASCOM leadership on the use of training technologies to execute the sustainment individual and collective learning missions.
The general's last stop was at ALU's Green Auditorium where he spoke to an assembly of military and civilian leaders, sharing his command philosophy. Perkins emphasized the importance of mentoring leaders to be agile and adaptive so they can be successful on the "ever-changing battlefield of the future."
After his presentation, Perkins recognized 12 individuals for their "game-changing" contributions to expeditionary operations. Each person was presented a commanding general's coin and received congratulations for exceptional performance.
At the conclusion of his visit, Perkins commented that what makes the U.S. Army a strategic power is the worldwide logistics capabilities that the Soldiers and civilians of CASCOM provide to the warfighter.
TRADOC, headquartered at Fort Eustis, conducts its mission through six major subordinate centers and commands. It oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a warfighting area of expertise within the Army. These centers train more than 500,000 service members each year.