By Lt. Col. James Crabtree, Battle Command Training ProgramJanuary 11, 2011
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) officer has been recognized for his efforts to prepare chaplains and their assistants for duty in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Chaplain Gary Hensley, who serves at Fort Leavenworth, received the Order of Titus from Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, Chief of U.S. Army Chaplains, during a Jan. 6th ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C.
A non-denominational award, the Order of Titus is unique among U.S. Army honors in that it recognizes observer-trainers rather than key leaders and staff. The award highlights "the great importance of realistic, doctrinally-guided combat ministry training in ensuring the delivery of prevailing religious support to the American Soldier." Chaplains and chaplain assistants who train unit ministry teams and staff chaplains are the only personnel eligible for this award.
Lt. Col. (promotable) Gary Hensley has served as BCTP chaplain since September 2009. As with many staff positions in this unique training organization, he serves as an observer-trainer in addition to his spiritual duties within the organization. BCTP is the U.S. Army's only deployable training center.
BCTP is part of the Combined Arms Center-Training (CAC-T), which delivers training programs, products and services to leaders and units in support of Army readiness. Wherever Army training occurs, the Combined Arms Center-Training helps make it happen. To learn more about the Battle Command Training Program and CAC-T, visit http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cac-t/.