U.S. Army Europe leaders gather for ninth monthly Warfighter Forum

May 2, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe leaders gather for ninth monthly Warfighter Forum
Senior leaders participate in the Warfighter Forum May 2 in Heidelberg, Germany.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Senior leaders from across U.S. Army Europe gathered here May 2 to share best practices and lessons learned during USAREUR's ninth monthly Warfighter Forum.

USAREUR commanding general Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling leads these monthly discussions as a key component of his continuing focus on communications, cross-talk and “two-level-down” leader development.

More than 40 leaders gathered at the USAREUR headquarters here, including USAREUR deputy commanding general Maj. Gen. James Boozer and Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport, USAREUR command sergeant major. Approximately 50 more USAREUR leaders joined in the event via video teleconference from across the European theater.

One of the major topics of discussion was leader development. The 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment commander, Col. Steve Maranian, and a captain from the 170th Brigade Combat Team discussed the recent Chief of Staff of the Army Leader Development Forums at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Davenport also discussed upcoming changes to NCO professional development and 5th Signal Command participants gave a briefing on their innovative Civilian Leader Development program.

“Every training event is a leader development event,” Hertling said. He commented on a metaphor used to describe training when he noted that “We don’t push anyone into the deep end of the pool until without first training them to swim . . . we need to define what right looks like.”

U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander Col. Kelly Lawler talked about the deployment showcase his community used to prepare for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade deployment by gathering all community support assets in one area to best support deploying Soldiers and their families. Members of the 16th Sustainment Brigade briefed on their successful use of the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute’s Virtual Staff Ride program.

Joint Multinational Training Command participants made presentations on their Mission Command Program and on Maneuver Rights Areas, which allow units to train in off-post areas in Germany, even outside their garrisons, local training areas and USAREUR’s major training areas. The 2nd Cavalry Regiment commander, Col. Keith Barclay, noted that his unit just completed training using MRAs, and it was a simple process, with great benefits.

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