By Vince Little, The BayonetSeptember 9, 2010
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Army leaders from around the globe will gather in Columbus next week for the 2010 Infantry Warfighting Conference.
The annual forum is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. This year's theme is "Developing the Maneuver Force for Wide Area Security and Combined Arms Maneuver."
Cliff Davis, a Maneuver Center of Excellence operations planner, said the conference draws about 1,000 attendees each year, including vendors. While the MCoE buildup and relocation of the Armor School from Fort Knox, Ky., are well under way at Fort Benning, this event will remain focused on Infantry efforts. However, an MCoE progress report and Armor School update are on the itinerary.
Top military and civilian Army leaders will deliver presentations that provide a launching point to share lessons learned, tactics, techniques and procedures from training centers, deployed environments and across the operating force. Infantry, Stryker, and Heavy Brigade Combat Team commanders and command sergeants major also are set to discuss training tools taken from the battlefield.
"This is a chance for us to discuss how things have gone and where we might be headed in the next few years," said COL Terry Sellers, the MCoE and Fort Benning chief of staff. "It's important for our key leaders to get together and exchange ideas, showcase new technologies and talk about the lessons we've learned in combat that will help the entire force."
Davis said the guest speaker lineup includes GEN James Thurman, U.S. Army Forces Command's commanding general; BG Michael Linnington, the plans and projects deputy chief of staff for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan; and SMA Kenneth Preston, the Army's highest-ranking enlisted Soldier.
The National Infantry Association will honor the 2010 recipients of the Doughboy Award - MG(R) Jerry White, the National Infantry Foundation chairman, and CSM(R) Andrew McFowler - at a ceremony and banquet Tuesday night in conjunction with the conference. It's the highest award the chief of Infantry can present to an Infantryman.
PREPARE FOR THE CONFERENCE
Download the agenda, register for the conference, print the golf scramble entry form, get directions, find out exhibitor information and take a peek at pictures from last year's conference by visiting https://www.benning.army.mil/t/2010.