196th Infantry Brigade activates JPMRC headquarters

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col John Gobrick (front right), commander, Supt. Bn., 196th Inf. Bde. (TS), prepares to hand over the JPMRC HQ Det. guidon to Capt. Derik Cadavid (front left) in a ceremony on Leaders' Field, Jan. 15.

Lt. Col John Gobrick (front right), commander, Supt. Bn., 196th Inf. Bde. (TS), prepares to hand over the JPMRC HQ Det. guidon to Capt. Derik Cadavid (front left) in a ceremony on Leaders’ Field, Jan. 15.

Maj. Andrew Visser
196th Infantry Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 196th Infantry Brigade (Training Support) took another critical step towards full implementation of the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC).

The brigade activated the JPMRC Headquarters Detachment (HD) in a ceremony held on Leaders’ Field, here, Jan. 15.

Col. Michael Forsyth, commander, 196th Inf. Bde., looked on as the activation orders were announced, and Lt. Col. John Gobrick, commander, Support Battalion, 196th, gave the detachment’s guidon to Capt. Derik Cadavid, entrusting him with the duties and responsibilities of command.

JPMRC is a Department of the Army initiative to field a deployable capability that will allow U.S. Army-Pacific to provide subordinate units with external training support and instrumented feedback at their respective home stations, and to extend that capability to sister services and partner nations, as well.

This capability rests upon two pillars: First, and most important, is the observer-controller/trainers (OC/Ts) and support staff that assist units in developing and executing training scenarios, and provide them with detailed after-action reviews in order to identify strengths and weaknesses and set the conditions for further improvement through follow-on training.

Second is the technological resources that allow JPMRC personnel to monitor training events as they are taking place, to analyze them in considerable detail and to combine OC/T observations, movement tracking, target feedback, audio captures and a myriad of other elements into a clear, coherent and detailed training assessment.

The JPMRC HD is responsible for the second of these two pillars. More specifically, it is charged with maintaining and employing an $85 million equipment suite known as the JPMRC Instrumentation System, consisting of containerized modules equipped with the computers and communications equipment necessary to monitor training events and concurrently prepare after-action reviews.

Gobrick, whose Support Battalion is responsible for partnering with U.S. Army Reserve Sustainment units throughout the Pacific theater, and also for supporting post-mobilization training on Oahu for deploying Reserve Component units, reinforced the broader importance of the detachment’s mission by noting that it would be called upon “to deploy, on order, to support exercises across the region to enhance the USARPAC commanding general’s theater engagement strategy.”

He also pointed out that as a simulation automations officer who has been heavily involved in planning and supervising the implementation of JPMRC within the USARPAC staff, Cadavid was “exactly the right officer to take command of the detachment today, as an officer with a demonstrated ability to lead, develop and achieve.”

Cadavid thanked Forsyth and Gobrick for their faith in him, stating that “command is always a privilege, and command in time of transformation is a distinct honor.” He went on to reinforce his eagerness to be involved at the forefront of the shift in focus toward the Pacific theater.

“By leveraging technology and scalability, we are setting the conditions for a national and multinational capability that will innovate and transform the way we train,” said Cadavid. “This paradigm shift in training will allow us to remain combat ready in order to achieve USARPAC’s priorities of prevent, shape and win.”


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