By Ms. Cristina Piosa (Benning)September 13, 2018
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Sept. 13, 2018) - The Maneuver Warfighter Conference came to an end on its third day, Sept. 13, at the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.
The conference started with a video teleconference with Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson, commander of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), currently deployed to Afghanistan. Topics of discussion were the lessons learned during the past seven months as the U.S. integrates with foreign partner forces, assisting and advising to achieve regional security in support of the U.S. interests.
One of the SFAB's goals is to not only serve as advisers but to also train the Afghan army with the intent of providing better solutions for security and self-sustainment. In addition to the lessons learned, Jackson touched on the unique structural aspects of the SFAB as well as the Soldiers who volunteer to be part of this force.
The conference continued with Combat Training Center trends. Leadership representatives from the Joint Readiness Training Center from Fort Polk, Louisiana, Joint Multinational Readiness Center from Hohenfels, Germany, and the National Training Center from Fort Irwin, California, comprised the panel. The primary focus was on increasing readiness, communication and training across all levels and ranks within the Army. The objective is for Soldiers to become more proficient in their skillsets and be able to pass along the expertise among other Soldiers.
The last speaker at the Maneuver Warfighter Conference was the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James McConville via video teleconference. McConville discussed the importance of modernizing the military to better respond to the needs of the Soldiers and also continuing to produce Soldiers that are proficient, fit and ready to fight. The discussion concentrated on the top six priorities of Army modernization: long-range precision fires, next-generation combat vehicles, future vertical lift, Army networks, air and missile defense, and Soldier lethality.
The conference ended with expressed gratitude from Maj. Gen. Gary M. Brito, the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning commanding general, toward attendees, presenters and allied partners alike.
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