U.S. Army Security Assistance Command’s Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Rice speaks with troops and leaders at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., March 17. Rice discussed ways to maximize security assistance during partner and allied participation at Army combat training centers (CTC). “Allies and partner participation in CTCs and the sharing of observations, insights, and lessons learned not only create a shared understanding of tactics, techniques and procedures, but it is essential to strategic readiness, deterrence of adversarial aggression, and overall collective readiness of our forces,” said Rice. During his two-day visit to the NTC, Rice visited the Gen. Robert W. Cone Heritage Museum, where he has been recognized for his former service to the 916th Sustainment Brigade, the main logistical and aviation support for the training center. NTC is an Army major training area in the Mojave Desert. Its mission is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training for units prior to their deployment overseas. During weeks-long intensive training at the NTC, units prepare for their “worst day ever” in combat, interacting with role-player terrorist cells, insurgents, criminal networks, civilian authorities and military forces. For more information about the U.S. Army’s NTC, visit https://home.army.mil/irwin/. For more information on USASAC, the Army Materiel Command’s executor of foreign military sales, visit www.army.mil/usasac.