COLUMBUS, Ga. - With eyes on the future, Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, updated Army leaders at the first Maneuver Conference in Columbus, Ga., on the many changes realized at Fort Benning since the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's decision in 2005 to move the Armor School to Fort Benning.

The work at Harmony Church is unbelievable, Brown said. Soldiers have what they need for training; it is effective and it is efficient.

With all of the Armor courses now at Fort Benning, although construction will continue through 2016, the many requirements to create the Maneuver Center of Excellence have been completed. In addition, some of the courses for Infantry and Armor Soldiers have been combined to include the Maneuver Captains Career Course, the NCO Academy and the Maneuver Pre-Command Course. According to Brown, combined teams also are in place and updating the doctrine to reflect the merging of the training. And, more changes are down the road as leaders continue to look at how and where it is possible to merge even more training together. One example is the Army Reconnaissance Course and Reconnaissance Surveillance Course which have 117 tasks that Infantry and Armor complete. Leaders are looking to see if it is possible for the tasks to be completed as a combined team. "We are not lowering the quality," Brown said. "We want to make it more effective and even better."

The training reform at Fort Benning is just one of many Army initiatives the Maneuver Center of Excellence is at the forefront of as it seeks to bring innovation and change in the reshaping of the training, doctrine and requirements for the Maneuver Force.

In addition to developing the baseline requirements and model of 21st Century Maneuver Training for the operational maneuver force, other initiatives of the Maneuver Center of Excellence include the Squad as a Strategic Formation, the Brigade Combat Team 2020 and 21st Century Leader Development. With the two commandants of the Infantry and Armor Schools also at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, according to Brown, the commandants are actively engaged in the processes and the Maneuver Center of Excellence can really get at some of the key things affecting the maneuver force.