By Lt. Col. James D. Crabtree, Battle Command Training ProgramApril 14, 2011
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Battle Command Training Program conducts exercises throughout the world, but before the unit commander and staff training exercises begin, there is a lot that has to happen first. There are meetings, seminars and conferences which set the stage for success.
BCTP, which is the U.S. Army's only worldwide combat training center, deploys teams to units whose commander and staff will be trained not just in certain tasks but also to work together as a team. This makes BCTP the culmination of a training system that covers every aspect of Soldier training, from individual skills to specialized training and leadership to collective training.
While the numbers of BCTP and unit personnel involved is smaller during seminars and conferences, this does not mean that the seminars are less important than the full-scale exercises. Without seminars and conferences, the full-scale exercises would not be possible. During April, BCTP has conducted seminars and conferences at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Richardson, Fort Bliss, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Bragg. At the end of the month BCTP will participate in a large-scale Final Planning Conference involving all Operations Groups at the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va. The conference is part of preparations for Unified Endeavor 11-3, a wide-ranging exercise to be held in June.
Depending on the type of conference, these meetings will work out the participating unit's training intent, provide an opportunity for senior staff officers to meet the BCTP Observer/Trainers who will be working with them during the exercise, provide input on the scope and scenario to be trained or address technical issues such as communications and simulation software.
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/, www.facebook.com/usacactraining or www.twitter.com/usacactraining.