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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: 'Train as they fight'

  • Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin assumed responsibility last month as the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth.
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  • Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin assumed responsibility last month as the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth.
    1. What is Combined Arms Center-Training, and what does it do?
    "The Combined Arms Center-Training is part of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. An organization with more than 2,000 military members and civilians, CAC-T manages individual and collective training capabilities for the Army, develops training programs to plan and manage training, and ensures that soldiers have a complex and realistic training environment so they can 'Train as they fight.'
    "CAC-T accomplishes this through three core functions:
    • Managing the Army’s six million acres of training land and training devices.
    • Developing training doctrine.
    • Managing the modernization of the Army’s training centers.
    "We do all of this to make sure Army units are prepared for current and future world conflicts."
    2. How does CAC-T impact the average soldier?
    "CAC-T and its subordinate organizations touch the lives of soldiers from privates to generals. We determine what training capabilities and tools are required by our soldiers and units, and work on their behalf with materiel developers to provide the best training resources possible. Our organization manages the ranges and land that soldiers train on, the ammunition they use, and all training aids, devices, simulators and simulations.
    "We provide the necessary tools for Army leaders and units to effectively train their soldiers with the most-effective and cost-efficient means possible. CAC-T’s Mission Command Training Program provides large military organizations the opportunity to prepare their leaders and staff for worldwide operations."
    3. How does CAC-T integrate technology into training?
    "As the Army’s advocate for soldier and unit training capabilities, CAC-T leverages technology to allow units at all levels to train in the most realistic environment possible.  The Army does this by using computer simulations and simulated vehicles.
    "Just recently The Leavenworth Times published an article about improvements to a gaming program that the Army uses to train soldiers in everything from conducting an attack in the mountains of Afghanistan to assisting villagers in rebuilding their essential services. Technology is a cornerstone of our training strategy and particularly during times of fiscal constraints. It allows units to train numerous repetitions without the Army spending money on fuel, ammunition and role players. Gaming and simulations, however, do not replace live training, which remains essential."
    4. Tell us a little bit about your career before assuming responsibility at CAC-T.
    "I am from Dearborn, Mich., and attended the U. S. Military Academy. Commissioned as an armor officer, I’ve served in a variety of assignments in the United States and overseas, including as the commander of a tank battalion and a brigade combat team in combat.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Most recently, I served as the deputy commanding general for the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas. Throughout my career, I have tried to stay as close to soldiers as possible. I believe they are our most precious asset and the key to why our Army is the best in the world."
    5. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What is the Army doing to address sexual harassment and sexual assault?
    "The Army is taking a number of steps to stop sexual harassment and sexual assault. We are increasing the number of professionals to provide victims with support and counseling. We are going after offenders. Stopping this problem requires leadership. Army leaders are expected to set the tone for their units and those leaders will be held accountable.
    "Fort Leavenworth, like the rest of the Army, is taking part in this effort with training programs to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault. We are doing this through a campaign of informing and educating soldiers and civilians alike. Fort Leavenworth is taking other steps as well. Just this month, the post launched its first quarterly newsletter about initiatives to stop sexual harassment and sexual assault. The newsletter provides hotline telephone numbers, explains the complaint process and offers details about victim support programs.
    "Besides working aggressively to prevent incidents, we are providing victims with the assistance and support they deserve. There is no place for sexual harassment or sexual assault in the Army. They damage unit cohesion, good order and discipline. Most importantly, they destroy the lives of young men and women who wanted nothing more than to serve their nation."

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