We are proud to introduce ArmyIgnitED. What is ArmyIgnitED? The new, automated portal for Soldiers to request Credentialing Assistance (CA). Right now the portal is open to Soldiers at Fort Knox, Fort Campbell, JBLM, and 7 ARNG states (NH, MD, KY, MN, MO, WA, and WY),
but goes Army-wide on 17 Aug 2020. Visit www.armyignited.com today to create your account and explore the available
credentialing options. Visit
Posted August 13, 2020
ArmyU Recognizes Academic Promotions, Staff Group Advisors, Professional Writing
Army University recognizes its Staff and Faculty for their outstanding achievements. Presenting Academic Promotions, Staff Group Advisor recognitions, the Golden Pen Awards, and longevity awards to celebrate the many years of dedicated service. Visit
Posted October 19, 2020
Pilot DoD/VA Hearing Program Virtually Trains Technicians
According to the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 37.5 million American adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. To help to improve service member and veteran access to hearing health care, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs recently initiated a pilot program designed to train by virtual means more than 5,000 hearing technicians.
Posted October 15, 2020
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command webinar discusses Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
Sarah Hauk, TRADOC Communication Directorate
One of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, U.S Army Training and [Doctrine] Command’s Commanding General’s, fundamentals is to never waste a good cup of coffee, or the opportunity for conversation that often happens over a cup of joe. The coffee was the only thing missing during the conversation between him and TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel T. Hendrex when they discussed diversity, equality and inclusion during the first virtual leader development program webinar Sept 25, 2020.
Posted October 13, 2020
Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transitioning from Literal to Virtual Teaching at the Command and General Staff School (CGSS)
Lt. Col. Richard A. McConnell, DM, U.S. Army, Retired, Lt. Col. George Hodge, U.S. Army, Retired, Lt. Col. Thad Weist, U.S. Army, Retired
In early March 2020, instructors at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, were informed that they would have to radically adapt their teaching methodologies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With very short notice, the instructors found themselves locked down, working from home, and reformatting classes originally designed for face-to-face instruction into a distributive-learning (DL) mode. Although the uncertain situation presented several significant challenges, the instructors found that having to redesign classes proved to be a catalyst for positive change and advancement. In the process of improvising expedient solutions, they discovered that the experience made them better instructors; the redesign expanded their teaching capabilities, including learning skills and modalities (standard methodologies) that instructors anticipate will be used when they return to face-to-face instruction.
Posted October 13, 2020
Building a Red Teamer’s Library
We have all heard the saying: “All readers are leaders.” Well, if you want to be a Red Teamer or think like a Red Teamer, then you must be a reader. Red Teamers generally read from a broad range of academic disciplines. This article posits that anyone can improve their knowledge to make better decisions by reading and reflecting on the wisdom available in books relevant to Red Teaming.
Posted September 29, 2020
LTG Rainey Discusses A Practical Approach to Developing Leaders
At the recent Army Virtual Maneuver Warfighting Conference, LTG Rainey the Commander of US Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth gave a short 20 minute talk on how to develop leaders.
He says that leaders need to have a goal for their program, understand the needs of the individuals, properly resource it, and then develop a detailed plan to ensure it’s actually executed.
The video is worth watching for anyone looking to build a strong holistic program in their organization.
Posted September 21, 2020
How to Develop a Unit Reading Program
Lately, I’ve had several conversations with incoming battalion commanders about creating reading programs for their units. They’ve all agreed that having one is important, but their philosophies differ greatly on the scope, the execution, and even the types of books they plan to use.
Almost every unit I’ve served in had some type of reading program. However, almost all of them had problems. In one, the commander assigned reading, but kept moving the planned discussion on the calendar to the point that it never occured. Eventually he changed command and we never understood why he selected the book or what he wanted us to take away from it. Another commander assigned some extremely dense reading to junior officers, and it fell flat. The book covered the operational level of war, and they didn’t have the experiences or contextual understanding to appreciate it. They hated the book and some of them came to hate professional reading because of that experience.
So what does a good reading program look like?
Posted September 15, 2020
AMSC Podcast with Michael D. Formica (Army Management Staff College)
Invthe newest episode of the Army Management Staff College Leader Up Podcast, special guest Mr. Michael D. Formica, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S.
Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, KS, discusses the current
and future state of Army Civilian professional development.
Posted September 14, 2020
25th ID NCOA Instructor Named a Facilitator of the Year
Pfc. Rachel Christensen
Excellent leaders walk a fine line between nurturing Soldiers and disciplining them. They are the iron hand that enforces the rules and the first to stick their neck out for those they lead. Leadership is not a position or a title, it is an action and example. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”, said John F. Kennedy.
For Army Sgt. 1st Class Rachelle White, a senior facilitator at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, this is a daily lesson.
Posted September 14, 2020
CGSC Hosts Profession of Arms Forum
The Command and General Staff
College's Profession of Arms Forum is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 16, from
8:30 to 11:45. The virtual forum will feature Dr. Don Snider, speaking at
8:30, a Stewarding the Profession panel discussion beginning at 9:30 and a
closing address from Lt. Gen. James Rainey, Commanding General of the
Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and Commandant of CGSC at 11.
Faculty and guests can observe the forum at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f6c3897187474df8abb883859860c9fa or
Posted July 7, 2020
A Tale of Two Influencers: Some Advice from the Cheap Seats
Steve Leonard and Joe Byerly
Imagine, if you will, two influencers. One, young and brash, with a dedicated following of millions on social media, the other maybe a little older and more seasoned, working diligently to keep a leadership blog afloat with a few thousand equally dedicated followers. One can post a video on TikTok and generate a reaction felt around the world. The other can write a meaningful post with broad implications for the profession of arms and it generates a modest response.
Both are social media influencers; both have a significant influence on the profession of arms.
Posted September 9, 2020
In 2020, Eisenhower is a Lantern in the Dark
Four months ago, as America’s monument to Dwight D. Eisenhower readied to open officially just off the national mall in Washington, the celebration was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country grappled with its greatest crisis since the era that made Ike a hero, the symbol of the kind of nation he represented and tried to build — and the global role it aspired for — stood ready, gleaming, yet temporarily shuttered, awaiting a new day.
Now that day has arrived. Yet while dignitaries gather on Sept. 17 to cut the ribbon for “Eisenhower Park” — a $150 million memorial marked by a massive steel tapestry with seven-story high columns and nine-foot tall statues spread across four tree-filled acres — the pandemic has only gotten worse. As the disease rages and economy sputters, America’s civic life is unraveling. In this time of darkness, Eisenhower’s example is as important as ever.
Posted September 9, 2020
Transforming Athena: Educating Military Officers During An Era of Great Change Through Experiential Learning
Jonathan E. Czarnecki
The challenging and uncertain combat and combat-like environments that armed forces find themselves in require leaders who can creatively imagine and think as well as quickly decide and act. They must have the intellect of Colonel Terzo in the story referred to in the prologue, and they must have seen their “dead men” to succeed in operational environments the good colonel could only imagine in his nightmares. Those environments—or what is variously named hybrid, unconventional, complex, chaotic warfare—are as the Army describes them volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. One could also add that they are terrifically deadly. Visit
Posted September 8, 2020
Why We Tweet: General Officer Use of Social Media to Engage, Influence, and Lead
Mick Ryan, Tammy Smith, Patrick Donahoe
We are now nearly 15 years into the Era of Social Media. Facebook emerged in 2004 and Twitter began its rise in 2006. Both have hundreds of millions of users, including military personnel. It is well past time that all of our senior leaders appreciated the value of an open dialogue facilitated by these social media tools. These new 21st century technologies for interacting are not the only means to effect engaging and transparent leadership, but they provide an additional tool in the leadership kitbag of the most senior military leaders. Visit
Posted September 8, 2020
Changes in the Mode of Delivery for the latest Sergeants Major Course, Class 71
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy launches the latest Sergeants Major Course, through a blended educational model that combines virtual and resident style learning, effective September 14.
The number one priority of Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, the commandant of the NCOLCoE, ensures the protection of the staff, cadre, students, and family members. Visit
Posted September 2, 2020