By Tiffany Nabors, The BayonetFebruary 4, 2010
Planning and training just got a little bit easier on Fort Benning.
Details of thousands of training activities and the components that go into those missions can now be accessed through BASE4D, a centralized tracking system.
COL Terry Sellers, operations officer for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, said the new system will yield positive benefits for scheduling and resource management as the Armor School is integrated with the Infantry School.
"We knew there would be a lot of competition for resources," said Sellers. He said scheduling will be more effective and more efficient.
In the past, planning was limited by the uncertainty of resources, like ranges or weapons.
Now, BASE4D allows training to be scheduled first and the resources to automatically follow. As a result, overscheduling and overspending are avoided.
G-3 strategic planner Dan Duval called the new system "the way of the future." It is totally Web-based and has geospatial capabilities.
Currently, Fort Benning is one of two Army posts to use the new program because of the size and amount of training regularly conducted here.
BASE4D user training, which started in October, typically lasts about two days if a user has only one system role, he said. Roles include course manager, course scheduler, resource manger, event manger, asset manager and planner.
Using their Army Knowledge Online user name and password, Duval said those individuals can access the tracking system and avoid speculation about available resources. BASE4D also allows for tracking trends and projecting future needs.
"It puts order into our business process," said Trent Pierce, resource manager for the Directorate of Training Sustainment and former Armor School employee. "A good, solid scheduling application will make any business produce the best product it can with the lowest amount of expenditure coupled with it. This application is filling a huge void that (the military) greatly needed."
The system will be continually updated and changed based on user feedback and needs and has the potential to be integrated at other installations, Duval said.
It will be integrated in increments at Fort Benning beginning in March.