U.S. Army cannon crewmembers assigned to Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 25the Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, rehearse crew drills at Slagle training area, Fort Polk, La., prior to a firing a M982A1 Excalibur precision munition from a M777 howitzer, June 27, 2020. The training certified C BTRY to provide live fire artillery support to Joint Operations Training Center rotational training units.
U.S. Army cannon crewmembers assigned to Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 25the Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, rehearse crew drills at Slagle training area, Fort Polk, La., prior to a firing a M982A1 Excalibur precision munition from a M777 howitzer, June 27, 2020. The training certified C BTRY to provide live fire artillery support to Joint Operations Training Center rotational training units. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Ashley Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL

Army leaders and military experts will focus Oct. 13 on Army readiness – including Soldiers’ training, modernization and Army leadership – during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting 2020 as part of a panel discussion on “The Readiness Balance.”

The four-day virtual meeting beginning Oct. 13 and concluding Oct. 16 will include “Contemporary Military Forum” panel presentations as part of the theme “The Time Is Now.” U.S. Army Forces Command Commanding General Gen. Michael Garrett will lead the readiness panel with four panelists: M. Wade Markel, RAND senior political scientist; Cynthia (Cindy) Bedell, director of Computational and Information Services, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – U.S. Army Research Lab; U.S. Army Pacific Command Commanding General Gen. Paul LaCamera; and Director of the Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen.

To view the online panel presentation and the virtual AUSA Annual Meeting 2020, go to: https://meetings.ausa.org/annual/ .

“We train to standard – not to time,” Gen. Garrett told the virtual Maneuver Warfighter Conference 2020 last month. “This means commanders need to make time to re-train – and do it again until Soldiers get it right and never get it wrong. I call this the “Foundational Training Approach. More than just skill acquisition, mastery is a mindset. It is difficult to achieve; and requires grit, persistence, and determination. Most importantly, it requires time … Time is one of our most precious resources.”

Pfc. Charles Grigalan, infantryman for Alpha Company, 2-136th CAB, pulls rear security for his squad on July 25, 2020 at Fort Irwin, California's National Training Center.Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, conduct a long and grueling, pre-dawn attack as the culminating force-on-force training event at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. From Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M1A1 Abrams tanks, and dismounted Soldiers, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, utilized all assets from its subordinate battalions to reclaim the contested town of Razish from the opposition force known as “Blackhorse.” Blackhorse Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment are dedicated to testing units in “The Box.”In preparation for the attack on the city of Razish, the 2-136th CAB staged troops for the decisive action movement at 2 a.m. Since “The Box” is considered a contested area, avoiding the use of headlights to remain undetected by the opposition force is key. Drivers employed night-vision goggles paired with ambient light from the moon for the early morning positioning.Bradleys and tanks moved in unison until infantrymen dismounted and bounded forward to the objective occupied by the enemy. Block-by-block and room-by-room, the town was cleared of enemy combatants and taken by Red Bull Soldiers, and the mission was declared a success.NTC’s 996-square-mile training range offers brigades the unique opportunity to conduct tough and realistic land operations, giving combat, medical and leadership teams the chance to train in deployment-like conditions. Training rotations include mass-casualty exercises, base attacks, and other contingency training to test and teach Soldiers.
Pfc. Charles Grigalan, infantryman for Alpha Company, 2-136th CAB, pulls rear security for his squad on July 25, 2020 at Fort Irwin, California's National Training Center.

Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, conduct a long and grueling, pre-dawn attack as the culminating force-on-force training event at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. From Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M1A1 Abrams tanks, and dismounted Soldiers, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, utilized all assets from its subordinate battalions to reclaim the contested town of Razish from the opposition force known as “Blackhorse.” Blackhorse Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment are dedicated to testing units in “The Box.”

In preparation for the attack on the city of Razish, the 2-136th CAB staged troops for the decisive action movement at 2 a.m. Since “The Box” is considered a contested area, avoiding the use of headlights to remain undetected by the opposition force is key. Drivers employed night-vision goggles paired with ambient light from the moon for the early morning positioning.

Bradleys and tanks moved in unison until infantrymen dismounted and bounded forward to the objective occupied by the enemy. Block-by-block and room-by-room, the town was cleared of enemy combatants and taken by Red Bull Soldiers, and the mission was declared a success.

NTC’s 996-square-mile training range offers brigades the unique opportunity to conduct tough and realistic land operations, giving combat, medical and leadership teams the chance to train in deployment-like conditions. Training rotations include mass-casualty exercises, base attacks, and other contingency training to test and teach Soldiers. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bill Boecker)
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The FORSCOM annual training guidance for fiscal year 2021 integrates the Army's People Strategy as a priority of building and sustaining readiness, while also supporting and synchronizing modernization activities.

“Key to implementing the Army's People Strategy,” the guidance says, “is cohesive teams that embrace equality and inclusion and create an environment that addresses the three issues that break the trust of the American People:” sexual assault/harassment prevention; suicide prevention; and addresses diversity issues.  Additionally, three conditions exist that prompted this year’s training supplement: 1) the COVID-19 coronavirus operating environment; 2) any possible changes to the fiscal environment; and 3) the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model (ReARMM) implementation.

The guidance’s focus on proving needed training time for units’ leaders and includes a Foundational Training Day – time dedicated for team building among Soldiers and units.

“Commanders are the catalyst for building cohesive teams,” Garrett said in the guidance. “Commanders' actions educate and train leaders to understand and implement measures that build and maintain trust with Soldiers and Families.”

Small-unit training is one of the best ways to develop leaders – and investment in leader development is essential, Garrett told the MANWARCON audience in September at Fort Benning, Ga.

U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 1ST Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., conduct maintenance on an RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle during Decisive Action Rotation 20-10 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sep. 19, 2020. Decisive Action Rotations at the National Training Center ensure Army Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive, and consistently available for current and future contingencies.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 1ST Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., conduct maintenance on an RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle during Decisive Action Rotation 20-10 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Sep. 19, 2020. Decisive Action Rotations at the National Training Center ensure Army Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive, and consistently available for current and future contingencies. (Photo Credit: Spc. Kamryn Guthrie) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers assigned to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division work together to load a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter about a cargo ship in preparation for movement to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Aug. 29, 2020.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers assigned to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division work together to load a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter about a cargo ship in preparation for movement to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Alan Brutus) VIEW ORIGINAL

“That is why I directed commanders to dedicate and protect time each week for what we call ‘Leaders Time Training,’” Garrett said. “Time is the greatest commodity in life – you can invest it or spend it. We must invest in our teammates so that they will be there for us when we need them most. Units already are taking action to operationalize these efforts.”

“I have always believed that by increasing emphasis on individual and small unit skills – and empowering NCOs to execute this training,” Garrett said. “Soldiers can become masters of the fundamentals, and in turn, those Soldiers will – one day – train their Soldiers to a level of mastery. Our Soldiers in our crews, squads, and platoons are the first ones to face our adversaries – and our Nation expects them to win…and if you haven’t already heard – Winning Matters.”

“The best units I have been in had highly trained crews, squads, and platoons that could win at the point of contact, Garrett said at Fort Benning in September. “When these small teams encountered an obstacle – anticipated or not – they could quickly defeat it and move on the next objective. Winning at the point of contact generates organizational momentum, which permeates throughout the unit. The formations where I experienced this sort of momentum achieved it through disciplined training and high standards on individual and small unit tasks.”

The AUSA Annual Meeting themes of “The Readiness Balance” and “The Time is Now” also emphasize the relationships between training and modernization.

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