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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fort welcomes new CAC-T deputy commander

  • Fort Leavenworth’s Combined Arms Center officially welcomed a new deputy commander for its training wing Friday, about a month after the former commander departed for Fort Riley.

     


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  • Fort Leavenworth’s Combined Arms Center officially welcomed a new deputy commander for its training wing Friday, about a month after the former commander departed for Fort Riley.
    Col. Robert “Pat” White assumed responsibility as the deputy commander of CAC-T following the departure of Brig. Gen. Paul Funk, who left the fort and the post he had held for two years about a month ago to serve as the deputy commanding general for maneuver for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. He officially assumed that role July 5 this year.
    Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., commanding general of the fort and the Combined Arms Center, said Funk had done a commendable job in his post. However, Caslen also said he looked forward to White’s tenure. White’s last assignment was as the executive officer to the commanding general of U.S. Training and Doctrine Command based at Fort Eustis, Va.
    White, for his part, said the Fort Leavenworth community has already helped he, his wife Emma, and their children feel welcome and was looking forward to getting more involved as he and his family settled in.
    “It’s really great to be here and be a part of this community,” he said. “The outreach that Emma and I received from a number of you was exceptional. You guys have been talking to us for a month ... the community really helped us make the transition.”
    Having been on post for nine days already, he said he was anxious to dig in and work.
    “I’m committed to continuing the great work of the training and support, training development that CAC-T has done for so long,” he said.
    Caslen gave an overview of the scope of the operation that White will be taking on. Paraphrasing a former Training and Doctrine Command sergeant major, he said CAC-T “sharpens the tip of the spear.”
    Over the years, the name and location of the organization that carries the CAC-T mission have changed, White said.
    “It’s not about what the name is, it’s about what we do for the Army,” he said. “So we will continue to do that.”
    White said CAC-T includes entities like the Army’s only deployable combined training center, the Mission Command Training Program, as well as the National Simulation Center, both based on Fort Leavenworth.
    Over the years, those and other entities under CAC-T have built a program th
    at now includes not just physical training capabilities but also, increasingly, the virtual training elements used more frequently by the Army.
    Caslen said it is a critical mission for the Army, turning experiences in combat into lessons for those at home. He said he could not think of a better person to continue the path.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Pat, you are the right man to maintain momentum and lead this great team,” Caslen said.

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