Commanders Conference promotes Total Army

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) discusses the importance of readiness and integrating the 'Total Army' concept among all troops.

Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) discusses the importance of readiness and integrating the ‘Total Army’ concept among all troops.

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Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
9th Mission Support Command

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — More than 140 attendees within 9th Mission Support Command (MSC) units filled the Specialist Anthony Bongo Hall at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Army Reserve Complex, here, Feb. 13-18, for the 9th MSC’s 2017 Commander’s Conference.

The purpose of the conference was to aid commands in better understanding the 9th MSC commanding general’s top priorities, and to develop plans for incorporating those priorities into training during the next five years.

9th MSC Mission

Brig. Gen. Stephen Curda, commander of the 9th MSC, described the mission of the U.S. Army-Pacific Command as a force that protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people and its interests.

Attendees listen as leaders present and prioritize mission, vision, concepts, requirements and planning tools.

Attendees listen as leaders present and prioritize mission, vision, concepts, requirements and planning tools.

“With allies and partners, we will enhance the stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, by promoting security cooperation, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win,” said Curda.

Total Army – Mission Command

Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC) opened the discussion on Feb. 13th, stressing the importance of readiness and integrating the “Total Army” concept among all troops.

The Total Army philosophy encompasses active duty Army, Army Reserve and National Guard troops as a Total Army force. According to Brown, part of the Total Army philosophy includes seeking out integrated training exercise opportunities to help troops develop the capabilities and mindset to become proficient at maneuvering into multiple domains and creating multiple dilemmas for adversaries.

Brown indicated that our military must be able to respond to greater complexity, as multilateral exercises have replaced bilateral exercises, and multi-domain battle capabilities offer much more powerful forces, to include air, land, sea, cyber and space.

“We must be ready to fight tonight,” said the four-star. “Readiness is key.”

Brown explained the importance of adopting a “mission command” philosophy, in which Soldiers understand the mission, understand the commander’s intent and are empowered to take prudent risks. He also stressed the importance of inner-operability among joint services.

“You can’t do multi-domain battle without mission command,” said Brown. “Initiative and empowerment are our advantage; people are our key to success.”

Common operating picture

Attendees welcomed the opportunity to develop a shared philosophy while networking with peers and leaders.

Attendees pause to discuss conference concepts. Attendees traveled from as far away as Alaska and Guam, (l-r) Maj. Matthew R. Strickland, Operations Officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Maj. Doug Hague, Operations Officer, 3303rd Mobilization Support Battalion, Army Reserve Center, Barrigada, Guam; Capt. Paul Gutierrez, plans officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Sgt. 1st Class Laurinda Nabors, Human Resources Non-commissioned Officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. discuss conference concepts during a break.

Attendees pause to discuss conference concepts. Attendees traveled from as far away as Alaska and Guam, (l-r) Maj. Matthew R. Strickland, Operations Officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Maj. Doug Hague, Operations Officer, 3303rd Mobilization Support Battalion, Army Reserve Center, Barrigada, Guam; Capt. Paul Gutierrez, plans officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Sgt. 1st Class Laurinda Nabors, Human Resources Non-commissioned Officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. discuss conference concepts during a break.

“The most important thing we’ve gained from this is a common operating picture of U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) initiatives, USARPAC initiatives, and Total Army initiatives, as well as training exercises,” said Maj. Matthew Strickland, Operations officer, 3rd Mission Support Group (MSG), Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, “and more importantly, how those exercises are evaluated, and how our units will be evaluated in the future.”

Sgt. 1st Class Laurinda Nabors, Human Resources noncommissioned officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd MSG, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, gained tools to employ at her command.

“I am going to take back a better understanding of the Training Leader Development Guidance, the commander’s priorities, the mission command objectives and the training requirements that we need in order to stay compliant within the command,” said Nabors. “We’re going to ensure our Soldiers are ready to fight tonight!”

Col. Vamin Cha, commander, 658 Regional Support Group (RSG), South Korea, expressed appreciation of the gathering of senior leaders.

“My take-away from the conference is having all the senior leadership come in and give their particular vision,” said Cha. “It is always good to see a broad overview of what is going on instead of just looking at your own little piece of the world.

“By knowing the big picture,” Cha continued, “you can help Soldiers understand. I think having the commanding general and his staff explain their concepts for the years ahead, and go through all the details as to what his visions are for the theater, makes our jobs easier in coming up with a plan to make sure we’re synched with his requirements.”

The 9th MSC consists of more than 3,500 Army Reserve Soldiers and 160 civilians from Alaska, American Samoa, Japan, Korea, Guam and Saipan. The 9th MSC is headquartered at Fort Shafter Flats in Honolulu.

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