AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently published a Torchbearer Issue Paper describing the Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) at Fort Lewis, Wash., and a Torchbearer Special Report summarizing congressional action on issues of importance to the Army and its veterans in 2009.
"A 21st Century Campus for Battle Command Training" discusses the Fort Lewis BCTC and the example it provides of the "tremendous value a BCTC can contribute to home station training efforts."
The paper describes the center’s use of cutting-edge technology to train "individuals, leadership teams, units and staff groups at all levels ..." and to foster leader development through a variety of methods such as classroom training, field exercises and mentoring programs.
The BCTC at Fort Lewis also takes advantage of the synergy to be found by working with four organizations that share its campus: the Army Center for Enhanced Performance, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team Warfighters’ Forum and the Asymmetric Warfare/Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Team.
According to the paper, "the four organizations provide complementary and interlocking capabilities that combine to further enhance home station training and leader development."
This unique combination provides noncommissioned officers and other Army leaders at Fort Lewis with powerful training tools and "offers a way ahead for the future of training in the Army."
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 (H.R.2647) contained important provisions, such as authorization to expand the Army by 30,000 soldiers and authorizing military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their sponsor.
However, other important proposals were rejected, such as the phase out of the disability offset to retired pay for medically retired service members.
AUSA’s annual congressional scorecard compares the Association’s legislative agenda with the Congress’ achievements. It shows what was accomplished during the legislative session, and what remains to be done to deliver for the soldiers, veterans, retirees and family members who sacrifice so much.
These and other Institute publications are available in the ILW section of the AUSA Web site, by calling (800) 336-4570, Ext. 630, or by e-mailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.