By Kevin Young, Fort Sill PAOMay 13, 2010
FORT SILL, Okla.--The Fires Seminar at Fort Sill again reaches out to officers and Soldiers throughout the world by Web casting briefings on May 18-20.
To access these briefings, users will have to sign for an account with Defense Connect Online and log onto that service at the appropriate times. Because of recent upgrades to the service, users are reminded that they will have to reset their passwords as part of the log on process. Briefings will be hosted at https://connect.dco.dod.mil/r75632489.
The first briefing on Tuesday is a "Training and Doctrine Command Enterprise" briefing by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, TRADOC commanding general, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Maj. Gen. David C. Halverson, CG of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, will give his "State of the Fires" address from 10:30 to noon.
Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, CG of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will brief "Leader Development" from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Ricky Smith, Senior Executive Service representative of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, will address "Army Capstone Concepts: Meeting the Challenges" from 3 to 4:30.
Webcasting resumes at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday as Gen. James N. Mattis of U.S. Joint Forces Command speaks about "Joint Training" until 10. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Remington of U.S. Forces Korea will address "Joint/Combined Offensive and Defensive Fires" 10:30 to noon. "Army Modernization Strategy" will be the briefing topic of Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, deputy TRADOC CG and director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker, deputy CG of Multi-National Force-Iraq, addresses "Operation Iraqi Freedom Joint and Combined Fires" 3 to 4:30 to finish the center-level Web casts.
Both the field artillery and air defense artillery branches will hold separate branch-level briefings on May 20. The air defense artillery schedule is online at http://www.fortsillfires.com/ada/index.html. The field artillery schedule is online at http://www.fortsillfires.com/fa/index.html.
DCO webcasting lets viewers give feedback to service providers and the briefer in real time. The Fires Seminar had similar Web casting last year. The staff asks viewers to keep their personal conversations on the DCO system to a minimum.
Another change this year is that system operators at the seminar will require that questions include individual's name, rank, unit, location and e-mail address. Last year, some questions were not addressed during the briefing and operators did not contact information to get a response back to the questioner.