First-ever senior NCO panel at I/ITSEC

By Tisha Swart-EntwistleDecember 4, 2023

Participants listen to questions during the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Command, Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor and panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud. Submitted photo.
Participants listen to questions during the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Command, Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor and panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud. Submitted photo. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Participants listen to questions during the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Command, Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor and panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud. Submitted photo.

Combined Arms Center-Training’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky travelled to Orlando Fla. last week to participate in the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). The annual event is considered the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event and includes paper presentations, workshops, tutorials and panels.

On Nov. 29, Kohunsky joined 4 other senior non-commissioned officers on a panel titled “Senior NCO Perspective: Operational Readiness Leveraging Simulations for Training and Mission Rehearsal.” Panels are ubiquitous at events like this, however, this was the first-ever senior enlisted panel for I/ITSEC.

“We’re really happy to pave the way for, hopefully, future panels here,” moderator, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, said during the panel.

Participants pose for a group photo after the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Command Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, , Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky, panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Combat Capabilities Development Command Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero. Submitted photo.
Participants pose for a group photo after the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Command Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, , Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky, panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Combat Capabilities Development Command Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero. Submitted photo. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Participants pose for a group photo after the first-ever senior enlisted panel for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference on Nov. 29, 2023 in Orlando Fla. The panel included US Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Command Sgt. Maj. Erick E. Ochs, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Sgt. Maj. William Pouliot, , Combined Arms Center-Training Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Chris Kohunsky, panel moderator retired Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Senior Enlisted Advisor Sgt. Maj. Tom Dow Jr., Combat Capabilities Development Command Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Otero. Submitted photo.

Kohunsky said the panel was a resounding success.

“We intend to capitalize on that success with future panels that see Senior NCO participation,” Kohunsky said. “NCOs can often bring a different perspective than general officer panels. This allows the public to have a broader understanding of how the Army conducts training and the importance of NCO involvement.”

Panels that include NCO’s are important at events like I/ITSEC Kohunsky said.

“NCOs are the leaders responsible for conducting training in the Army,” Kohunsky said. “It is important to hear from those who have devoted their careers to training.”