Senior Army leaders from Fort Bragg, N.C., spoke with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council June 24 during a virtual “command performance” that updated business officials and civic leaders on recent events and key topics affecting Army readiness, Soldiers’ training, Fort Bragg services and Army recruiting.
The community event included opening remarks from the Fayetteville, N.C. Mayor, Mitch Colvin, and provided an opportunity for organizations from across Fort Bragg to provide updates and answer questions from leaders in the Fayetteville community.
Participants included Maj. Gen. Eugene LeBeouf, U.S. Army Forces Command Chief of Staff; Maj. Gen. James Craft, XVIII Airborne Corps Deputy Commanding General; Richard Holcomb, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Deputy to the Commanding General; and Justin Mitchell, Acting Fort Bragg Garrison Commander.
As the FORSCOM representative, LeBeouf spoke to the audience about the Army command’s mission to train and prepare combat ready, globally responsive forces to build and sustain readiness and meet combatant command requirements. He updated the online audience with details about how that has continued despite needed COVID-19 health precautions.
One of the goals of the Chamber of Commerce’s MAC is to partner and connect the military community with the local community to enhance an already strong regional relationship.
During the event, Fort Bragg leaders were asked to share ways that the MAC and local community could better support the installation.
LeBeouf said that sharing the “Army story” was one way to offer support. He encouraged community members to share information about the Army with recent graduates and other young people considering their future career opportunities.
“The Army is the largest provider of scholarships in the nation,” LeBeouf said, “with career opportunities in 150 military-career fields.”
He went on to say that between June 30 and July 2, the Army plans to hire 10,000 new Soldiers during its first “Army National Hiring Days.” Army National Hiring Days is an Army-wide virtual campaign showcasing the U.S. Army’s full-time and part-time career options, training, benefits and education to inspire individuals to consider military service. Interested individuals should visit goarmy.com/hiringdays.
LeBeouf also highlighted the gratitude FORSCOM and other Fort Bragg Army commands have for the Fayetteville community and the region’s support.
The FORSCOM Chief of Staff updated the audience about key recent readiness achievements and efforts to protect Soldiers’ health.
“Even during a global pandemic, our worldwide requirements remain unchanged,” LeBeouf said. “At FORSCOM, our number one priority is to deliver decisive Total Army readiness to meet global Combatant Command requirements.” LeBeouf said that FORSCOM units have been able to maintain their readiness and have done a fantastic job in doing so.
For FORSCOM units, this month also marked the return to large-scale Combat Training Center rotations – at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk – and in in July at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif.
“Out of healthy precaution, the Army adjusted Combat Training Center rotations to protect our Soldiers, allied partners and Army civilians participating in these training events,” LeBeouf explained.
To ensure the safety of the Soldiers, LeBeouf said a number of safety measures have been put into place.
“FORSCOM units will ensure all individuals associated with rotations have multiple masks, receive regular temperature checks; and are tested before, during and after large training events to maintain what we’re calling a ‘safety bubble,’” he said.
Next month, a National Guard brigade will begin its Army training rotation at Fort Irwin, Calif.