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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • BCTP recognized as superior unit

  • Since 1986, the Battle Command Training Program on Fort Leavenworth has worked to prepare soldiers for future missions in an ever-changing environment.

     


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  • Since 1986, the Battle Command Training Program on Fort Leavenworth has worked to prepare soldiers for future missions in an ever-changing environment.
    They’ve put in long hours and have made other sacrifices in the pursuit of that goal, according to the Commanding General of Fort Leavenworth, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr.
    Those sacrifices were noted publicly on Tuesday as the BCTP was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award from the Department of the Army during a ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium on Fort Leavenworth.
    From the beginning of 2007 through the end of 2008, the unit was said to have demonstrated “outstanding meritorious service” and played a key role in the global war on terror. Over the period for which it was given the award, Caslen said the civilians and Army personnel working side by side in the BCTP developed a “total force” training program for Army personnel as well as reserve and National Guard members.
    “You do it so professionally, you do it as a team player, you are unbelievable, and I could not be more grateful for what you do,” he said.
    The BCTP is the first command training center to receive the Superior Unit Award since the global war on terror began following 9/11, said Lt. Col. David Cannon. It’s also the Army’s only deployable combat training center, he said.
    Cannon said the award is a competitive one — but the BCTP, with its partnership between civilians, Army personnel and Department of the Army contractors, is deserving of the honor.
    The BCTP is a program that Caslen himself had first-hand experience with. And he admitted that it was tough — sleepless nights were the order of the day.
    “The fact that you have received this award says volumes about not only your character but your contributions to our Army and to the units that you prepare for battle,” Caslen said. “And that’s truly a remarkable thing.”
    Sacrifices are made both by those working in the program as well as their loved ones, according to Caslen, who thanked those families for their contributions to the success of the BCTP.
    Despite the hardships, BCTP Commander Col. Mark McKnight said judging from those he has talked to, the unit is proud of what they have accmplished.
    “I learned a long time ago that people will do extraordinary things,” he said, if they are recognized for it now and then.

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