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TRADOC hosts Interservice Training Summit

Story by Bob Kerr/Fort Leavenworth Public Affairs Office
Photos by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (TRADOC News Service, March 7, 2005) — The senior officers in charge of training the U.S. military met at Fort Leavenworth Feb. 25 to discuss training and developing officers who are capable and comfortable operating in a Joint environment.

The Interservice Training Summit, hosted by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, was attended by the training leaders of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command at Norfolk, Va., was the summit’s keynote speaker.

“Our nation’s forces will always fight Jointly, which means we must train and educate as we fight,” Giambastiani said. He added that the services are incorporating Jointness into current operations, “but we need to push Joint concepts harder.”

“Current operations are pulling Jointness deeper into you ranks, further into your units and earlier into any of your operations,” he said.

The admiral said Joint forces are more powerful than any single service, or any interagency or multinational group. He emphasized that Joint forces need speed — not just physical speed or precision weapons, but leaders with mental speed and situational awareness.

“Future Joint operators must be comfortable with change and innovation,” Giambastiani said.

Giambastiani told the other leaders that he believes they face three collective challenges — challenges that no individual military service can resolve on its own.

The first challenge is to provide trained and ready Joint task forces to combatant commanders. Giambastiani said combatant commanders don’t have time to train and educate JTFs. And while his command is working with JTFs on the operational level, it is important for the services to emphasize Jointness at all levels of training and professional military education.

The next challenge is to institutionalize Joint training and education, Giambastiani said.

With the National Defense University, JFCOM currently presents the Capstone Joint Operations Module for newly selected flag and general officers, the Pinnacle Course for two- and three-star Joint task force commanders and the Keystone Course for senior-enlisted leaders. Giambastiani said the services must institutionalize Joint concepts at their levels and embed a common Joint context into exercises, experiments and educational settings.

The last challenge Giambastiani outlined was enabling interdependence in all Joint operations. The services must practice the relationships of supporting or being supported, he said.

Giambastiani added that the services must ensure components are fully integrated and interoperable across the force; they must establish a culture that is comfortable with change and innovation; and they must produce capabilities that he called “born Joint”: interoperable from conception. Finally, he said, the services must leverage their core competencies to maximize the Joint experience and education.

The Feb. 25 training summit was the second for the armed services. The first was hosted by the Air Force at Randolph AFB, Texas.

Also attending the summit were Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth; Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton, TRADOC deputy chief of staff for operations and training; and Brig. Gen. Volney J. Warner, deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College.

The other service training chiefs attending included Gen. Donald G. Cook, commanding general of Air Education and Training Command; Vice Admiral J. Kevin Moran, commander of the Naval Education and Training Command; Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jones, commanding general of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command; and Rear Adm. James C. Van Sice, director of Reserve and Training, U.S. Coast Guard.

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, JFCOM director for Joint training, J-7, and commander of the Joint Warfare Training Center in Suffolk, Va., also attended.

(Editor's note: Mr. Kerr is Fort Leavenworth's command-information officer.)

Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, listens to Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, during the Interservice Training Summit Feb. 25 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Pictured at left is Air Force Gen. Donald G. Cook, Air Education and Training Command commander. The TRADOC-hosted training summit focused on leader development — sharing ideas and best practices among the service training chiefs to meet the needs of leaders today and tomorrow. Through summits like this one, officials said TRADOC is "leading the charge" in building the Joint team, in coordination with JFCOM, and is helping adapt to the needs of a nation at war.

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Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general, foreground; Rear Adm. Jacob L. Shuford, president of the Naval War College; Maj. Gen. Paul. D. Eaton, TRADOC deputy chief of staff for operations and training; and Marine Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, director for Joint training, J-7, U.S. Forces Command, and commander, Joint Warfighting Center, listen to Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr., commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, during his opening remarks at the Interservice Training Summit Feb. 25 at Fort Leavenworth.

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