4960th MFTB graduates ‘2 by 9’ CGSOC students

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Officer smiling on stage with his diploma.

Maj. Brian Pierce, deputy judge advocate, 658th RSG, 9th MSC, based in Korea, exits the stage with a smile on his face and his CGSOC diploma in hand.

Story and photo by Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs


TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — Fifty-one officers from the Army Reserve, active duty and National Guard crossed the stage, at the Kyser Auditorium, here, Saturday, to receive their diplomas after completing the final phase of the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC), formerly known as Intermediate Level Education.
The students began their academic journey in September 2013 and then took different paths to completion.
The course traditionally has three phases. Phase I is two weeks of classroom study. Phase II is every Tuesday night (four hours) for eight months, and Phase III is another two weeks of classroom instruction.
All resident phases of the course are taught at the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade (MFTB) schoolhouse at Fort Shafter Flats.
This iteration of the course was the first to initiate a pilot program called “2 by 9.” Students had the option after Phase I in September to choose the Tuesday night option or to complete Phase II during two nine-day blocks of instruction back on Oahu.

Soldiers in Army Combat Uniform sitting in an auditorium.

Graduates of the pilot CGSOC “2 by 9” class format await their turn to cross TAMC’s Kyser Auditorium stage to receive their diplomas, June 22. Phase I of the next course begins in September.

The new format option allowed students from the mainland and off-island locations to continue their coursework with students from the September class.
In the past off-island students had to opt for a distance learning track to complete Phase II.
The 2 by 9 format worked particularly well for one student, Maj. Brian Pierce, a Department of Justice attaché in South East Asia and deputy judge advocate for the 658th Regional Support Group (RSG), a 9th Mission Support Command, Pacific Army Reserve unit based in the Republic of Korea.
“For me it has been nothing but a blessing. My other option would have involved joining online, (and) with the time difference, it would have cut into my embassy work day,” said Pierce,  a veteran of 12 years as a
Maj. Octavio Rivera, cost manager in the G8 at U.S. Army-Pacific, took the Tuesday night track.
“I was able to go to work every day; my job didn’t fall behind. At the same time, it was great for my unit. I didn’t have to travel TDY (on temporary duty) anywhere. I didn’t have to take off work,” Rivera explained.
Rivera has been in the military for 19 years, seven years as an enlisted Soldier, three years active duty and four years in the National Guard. He
returned to active duty in 2002 as a commissioned officer.
The class includes common-core curriculum and career field, branch and functional area training and
Phase I of the 2014-2015 course will begin in September when a new batch of officers will begin their CGSOC
The 4960th MFTB is a Training and Doctrine Command Accredited Institute of Excellence. Its motto is “Wisdom and Leadership – for Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

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