ArmyU News Archive

Wilson Named TRADOC Educator of the Year

By Harrison Sarles

Wilson has been at AMSC since 2016 and formerly taught at the Command and General Staff College and at civilian universities. He earned his doctorate in Leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014 culminating an educational journey that includes an undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University where he was selected as a Scholastic All-American, completion of the Combined Arms Service Staff College and the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Visit

Posted May 22, 2020

From Spouse to Mentor Through a Virtual Environment

By Danielle ODonnell

The first Spouse Leadership Development Course, Distance Learning (SLDC-DL), launched May 11-19, with 41 spouses in attendance. Sgt. Maj. Matildo Coppi and his team ensured the SLDC-DL went live for the spouses after going through a pilot phase during the summer of 2019. “A dedicated team of professionals developed this course,” Coppi said. “Furthermore, it is delivered by a superb facilitator- Ms. Michelle Mebane.” The SLDC program is run by the SLDC Director Michelle Mebane, who helps the spouses sharpen their skills, support readiness, and boost morale. Visit

Posted May 22, 2020

International students give back to community

By Katie Peterson

To express their appreciation for the accommodation of the city of Leavenworth during their time at the Command and General Staff College, the international military students in the Command and General Staff Officer Course class of 2020 are donating $1,000 to the City of Leavenworth, Parks and Recreation Activity Scholarship Program. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

CAC visits WHINSEC, same day TRADOC announces Instructor of the Year

By Milton Mariani

The U. S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), Commanding General, LTG James E. Rainey, visited the Western Hemisphere for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) on Tuesday, May 12th. The honor of Rainey's visit correlated, with the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) announcement of WHINSEC, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adelton Ferreira Dias, selected as the TRADOC Instructor of the Year. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

Two ArmyU instructors among tops in TRADOC

TRADOC recognized its top instructors for 2020 in a memo issued Friday. Dr. Larry Wilson, Army Management Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, was named the TRADOC Educator of the Year. Brazilian Maj. Adelton Ferreira Dias, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., is the Officer Instructor of the Year. Full list of winners follows: Officer Instructor of the Year, Maj. Adelton Ferreira Dias, WHINSEC Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Heather M. Hubbard, Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. NCO Instructor of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class Heather M. Rankin, Army Recruiting and Retention College, Fort Knox, Ky. Civilain Instructor of the Year, Robert C. Preshong, Army Medical Center of Excellence, Fort Sam Houston, Tx. Army National Guard Instructor of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class James E. Coppenger, 240th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Bangor, Me. Army Reserve Instructor of the Year, Master Sgt. Ericka . Tew, 80th Training Command (TASS), North Chesterfield, Va. Educator of the Year, Dr. Larry Wilson, Army Management Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Ks.

Posted May 13, 2020

TRADOC names Fort Leonard Wood’s Hubbard their Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year

By Matt Decker / Fort Leonard Wood

A U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School instructor says she was “initially shocked and in disbelief” May 12 after learning she had been named Training and Doctrine Command’s Instructor of the Year in the Warrant Officer category. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

Military Historian Pens Historical Fiction

By Katie Peterson

The Union versus the Confederacy. A gunboat pilot versus a business owner. Two protagonists offering a new perspective of the inner battles of the Civil War. Such is the work of Kendall Gott with his two new novels, “Steamboat Seasons and Backwater Battles: A Riverboat Pilot on the Western Rivers in the Civil War” and “Ride to Oblivion: The Sterling Price Raid Into Missouri, 1864,” which demonstrate a longtime interest in the conflict deemed the United States’ bloodiest war. Visit

Posted May 6, 2020

COVID-19 limited regular operations but not basic NCO training due to eBLC

By Danielle ODonnell

Noncommissioned Officer Academies (NCOAs) across the Army graduated the first emergency Basic Leader Course (eBLC), Class 006, May 8. The process of each eBLC varied from fully online training to blended learning that consists of a combination of limited face to face training and online training via Blackboard.mil (BB). No matter what process the graduates endured the end state is the same, the force is provided with newly trained and educated noncommissioned officers. Visit

Posted May 12, 2020

Military Historian Pens Historical Fiction

By Katie Peterson

The Union versus the Confederacy. A gunboat pilot versus a business owner. Two protagonists offering a new perspective of the inner battles of the Civil War. Such is the work of Kendall Gott with his two new novels, “Steamboat Seasons and Backwater Battles: A Riverboat Pilot on the Western Rivers in the Civil War” and “Ride to Oblivion: The Sterling Price Raid Into Missouri, 1864,” which demonstrate a longtime interest in the conflict deemed the United States’ bloodiest war. Visit

Posted May 6, 2020

CGSOC 2021 and Sergeants Major Course Class 71 start announced

To the students of Command and General Staff Officer's Course Class 2021 and Sergeants Major Class 71. We appreciate your patience as we have worked through this difficult time. You should soon receive a welcome letter from your school detailing reporting instructions. The first thing you'll notice is the start date for both courses has been pushed from August to September 8. That was done to ensure the best opportunity for a smooth transitions for your move to Fort Leavenworth or Fort Bliss. Visit

Posted May 5, 2020

The NCOLCoE students of class 70 - learners, leaders, and mentors

By Danielle ODonnell

Five students from the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy lead the change by volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of El Paso. Artez Lamar an instructor for the Sergeants Major Course organized the opportunity for the Class 70 students by having the BBBS program provide a 15-minute informational brief for his class at the beginning of each semester. Visit

Posted May 5, 2020

ROCKS chapter presents $2,500 scholarship

By Katie Peterson

“It is hard to pick just one failure because humans in general, especially me, fail so many times in their life. However, I can recall a big moment of failure in my life where I learned the true power of communication.” This was the beginning of Leavenworth High School senior Abby Loch’s essay that won her the 2020 Buffalo Soldier Chapter ROCKS Inc. scholarship worth $2,500. Loch said she is grateful for the scholarship as she prepares for college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she plans to study to become a dental hygienist. Visit

Posted May 1, 2020

The U.S. Military Needs Field-Grade Officers Better Prepared For Joint Operations. Here's One Way to Make That Happen.

By E. Aaron Brady, Matthew Schultz, Zach Embers, Timothy Riemann, Kelly Buckner and Andrew Ginther

Given the success of some of DoD’s premier educational institutions—to include the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)—in leveraging distance education to continue learning and support real-life planning efforts, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, each of the services should explore other options to exploit information technology to improve the joint education of future leaders. Specifically, DoD should take steps to create a distance-based joint exercise between the services’ advanced schools as a means of enhancing intermediate-level professional military education for field-grade officers. Visit

Posted May 1, 2020

In virtual first, CGSC graduates 250 from satellite campuses

By ArmyU Public Affairs

More than 250 CGSOC students were honored in virtual graduation ceremonies from satellite courses in three locations -- Fort Lee, Va., April 22, Fort Belvoir, Va., April 23, and Redstone Arsenal, Ala., April 24. The students began their courses at the satellite locations but returned home when temporary duty travel was stopped due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They completed the courses through virtual means. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

The Sergeant Major of the Army Shares His Reading List

By Joe Byerly

Recently, I spoke with the Sergeant Major of the Army about COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities we are facing right now as an Army and a Nation. He highlighted that now is the time to reassess our goals and set new ones. One of your goals might be to read a book or two during this time. Goals are important and they are even more important now, as we all deal with the necessary restrictions to stop the spread. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

COVID-19: Army To Test All New Recruits

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

This morning, hundreds of new recruits began arriving at the Army’s four initial training centers, the first in two weeks. While training had continued for Soldiers already in the pipeline, the hold on new arrivals gave Training & Doctrine Command time to shore up its defense against the COVID-19 coronavirus. That included stocking enough test kits and diagnostic systems for the 950 recruits coming in this week, as well as their instructors. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

The NCOLCoE creates fit and disciplined senior enlisted leaders

Story by Danielle ODonnell

A part of the mission at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence is to provide the force with fit, disciplined, and well educated senior enlisted leaders. Within the institution, two NCOs epitomize this very idea, Sgt. Maj. Billy Atkinson, a student with the Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program and Master Sgt. David Zeek, a Sergeants Major Course student of Class 70. Atkinson won the El Paso Marathon, held in February with a run time of 3:01:51. While Zeek is the first senior enlisted leader at the NCOLCoE to achieve an Army Combat Fitness Test score of over 590.Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy implements virtual learning for students

Story by Spc. Zachary Stahlberg

The 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy implemented the virtual learning basic leadership course, or the VLBLC, in response to COVID-19 measures, on Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, in March. "COVID-19 has forced us to alter our training and utilize technology to enhance the capabilities of our future leaders," said Sgt. 1st Class Cody Reece, the chief of training for the 7th Army NCOA. "We can’t allow this pandemic to interfere with our training capabilities or the progression of our Soldiers’ military careers." Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

UK College of Social Work Holds Virtual Ceremony for Army MSW Graduates

By Lindsey Piercy

Though it’s inevitable that academic celebrations will look and feel different, it’s important to note — the achievements of the Class of 2020 should not be diminished. “The fact that they were able to achieve what they did — under these conditions — should be celebrated in any and every way possible,” Jay Miller, dean of the College of Social Work, said. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

U.S. Army Options for Professional Military Education Amidst COVID-19

A model distributed between U.S. academic institutions and the Army Department of Distance Education (DDE) could both meet Army educational needs and ensure COVID-19 safety precautions are executed. The Army DDE provides Common Core and Advanced Operations Courses remotely. American academic institutions have rapidly developed the digital infrastructure to provide online certificate and degree programs in high-demand technology fields. Both Army remote education infrastructure and civilian institutions provide opportunities to modernize Army education.Visit

Posted April 23, 2020

Army Eyes Permanent Shift to Distance Learning for Some PME Courses

U.S. Army training officials are studying how the service's increased dependence on distance learning during the novel coronavirus pandemic may become a permanent part of leader education.Visit

Posted April 23, 2020

Missouri Allows Professional License Reciprocity For Military Spouses (St. Louis Public Radio (MO), Apr. 21, Jonathan Ahl)

Some spouses of military members will have an easier time finding a job when they move to Missouri. Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed legislation to have Missouri honor the professional licenses that military spouses hold from other states. Parson said the move will help military spouses avoid hiccups in their careers when they relocate to Missouri, and will also help fill open jobs. Visit

Posted April 22, 2020

SAMS students help planning efforts for COVID-19 crisis

The School of Advanced Military Studies was created 37 years ago to produce critical, creative thinkers and agile, adaptive leaders for the Army, sister services, interagency partners, and allies. Graduates of SAMS have made major contributions in every crisis and conflict our nation has faced. Today’s COVID crisis is no different. Visit

Posted April 20, 2020

NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Sergeants Major Academy release Spouse Leadership Development Course Handbook.

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and the Sergeants Major Academy are pleased to announce the release of the Spouse Leadership Development Course Handbook. This book is designed for senior spouses who cannot attend the resident SLDC at Fort Bliss, Texas. Visit

Posted April 15, 2020

Army launches voluntary credentialing assistance program (Devon Suits, Army News Service, April 9)

Soldiers can now access up to $4,000 in assistance each year to voluntarily pursue industry-recognized credentials through the new Army Credentialing Assistance Program. Championed by Army senior leaders, the program focuses on readiness and retention by providing the total force with improved credentialing opportunities, said Col. Chuck Rambo, director of Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) at Army University. Visit

Posted April 13, 2020

e=Emergency Distributed Learning (Danielle ODonnell, Army.mil, April 9)

Due to the current precautions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Basic Leader Course, the Master Leader Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy move towards distributed learning platforms. Article

Posted April 10, 2020

The Command and General Staff Student Management System Now Accessible from Commercial Networks

The CGSC SMS website (https://cgsc2.leavenworth.army.mil) is now accessible from commercial networks. Please contact the CGSC Help Desk at 684-5700 for further questions.

Posted April 7, 2020

Fort Leavenworth Adapting Professional Military Education into Virtual World (Brian Hill, Guidon, April 6)

TheChemical, Engineer and Military Police schools here, in addition to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer's Academy, are continuing courses through remote learning. Video teleconferencing technologies, such as Defense Collaboration Services and Global Video Services, are helping to make that happen. Visit

Posted April 7, 2020

Credentialing Assistance Overview Brief

The Credentialing Assistance Overview Brief provides service members of all ranks with an understanding of the exciting new opportunities for earning various voluntary credentials while in service. The Credentialing Assistance Lesson Plan provides leaders with the tools and information to present credentialing assistance as a Leader Professional Development (LPD) class.

Posted April 6, 2020

Army University Commanding General's Town Hall

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Posted March 27, 2020

The Combined Arms Center Commanding General's Town Hall

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Posted March 18, 2020

Funk's Fundamentals: General Shares Life Lessons

General Paul E. Funk II is constantly crafting his book of plays and continues to use them as he leads the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to victory. This playbook of sorts comes from his past 40 years wearing the uniform of an Army Soldier, never failing to add to the lessons that are a reminder of the cornerstones of his career. As the 17th Commanding General of TRADOC, Funk uses his own fundamentals as ‘watch words’, embodying his commitment to excellence for Soldiers, Civilians, and the Families that make up the winningest team in history. Article

Posted February 21, 2020

New catalog links CARL with other libraries

“This new system is part of an enterprise effort by Army University and will be the same for 13 (Training and Doctrine Command) libraries,” said Tiffany Konczey, Army University Library Enterprise Division chief. “For CARL patrons, it means a new online catalog, which once fully implemented will allow patrons to search for both materials in the library — books, DVDs, etc. — as well as articles in the library’s subscriptions. Visit Site

Posted January 29, 2020

Army University TADLP (The Army Distributed Learning Program) Launches New Mobile-friendly website

With the New Year barely underway, The Army Distributed Learning Program located on Fort Eustis has just launched a completely redesigned website. In addition to a more polished look, the site features enhancements to allow for better navigation and user experience via ultra-mobile devices as more than half of all visitors now access the site from their cell phones and tablets. Visit Site

Posted January 22, 2020

The Army's Self-Directed Credentialing Assistance Program at Fort Campbell

As with tuition assistance, credentialing assistance is open to all eligible officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and enlisted Soldiers. But here's the big difference -- in support of credentials the Army will pay for training courses, books, materials, fees, the credentialing exam, and recertification. Visit Site

Posted December 5, 2019

NCOLCoE Launches World Campus Site

The World Campus site is the latest initiative the NCOLCoE produced to enhance the professional lifelong learning capabilities for Soldiers to share across the world. The World Campus site is a centralized online delivery system of professional military education that will make online learning easily accessible for Soldiers beyond the brick and mortar walls. Visit Site

Posted November 20, 2019

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC)
ArmyU encourages educators to improve military credit transfer

Officials from ArmyU participated in discussions on how to expand collaboration in licensing, credentialing and apprenticeships with the MCMC. Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS)

The Army University (ArmyU) Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) Directorate combines the Voluntary Education (VOLED) roles and functions with the Army Credentialing Program. Full article

Posted September 30, 2019

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Department of Defense Civilians complete leadership training
By Mrs. Bonita Riddley (USASOC)October 8, 2019

The U.S Army Special Operations Command, in partnership with the Army Management Staff College (AMSC), recently hosted an Advance Course and an Intermediate Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, facilitated by a mobile training team (MTT). Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

ArmyU Partners with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Military Police (MOS 31B) Military Credit Review

Sixteen institutions from across the state sent more than 90 representatives to collaborate and review Army Programs of Instruction for relevant learning outcomes and provide course equivalencies for Soldiers. Visit Site

Posted October 25, 2019

Veterans Without Degrees
The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications

Prior research has shown that the skills and knowledge veterans gain in the U.S. military are often under-recognized and undervalued by civilian employers. Visit Site

Posted October 21, 2019

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC)
ArmyU encourages educators to improve military credit transfer

Officials from ArmyU participated in discussions on how to expand collaboration in licensing, credentialing and apprenticeships with the MCMC. Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS)

The Army University (ArmyU) Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) Directorate combines the Voluntary Education (VOLED) roles and functions with the Army Credentialing Program. Full article

Posted September 30, 2019

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Department of Defense Civilians complete leadership training
By Mrs. Bonita Riddley (USASOC)October 8, 2019

The U.S Army Special Operations Command, in partnership with the Army Management Staff College (AMSC), recently hosted an Advance Course and an Intermediate Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, facilitated by a mobile training team (MTT). Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program

Take advantage of a great new opportunity to pay for credentials that can enhance your skills and qualifications both during and after military service. The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program can pay for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized academic or vocational credentials in an occupational area of your choice. Full article

Posted September 25, 2019

Kansas Board of Regents Launches Military Articulation Portal

TOPEKA, Kansas --The Kansas Board of Regents launched its Military Articulation Portal Aug. 27. The portal provides a central resource for military members and veterans to explore the course credit available to them at public post-secondary institutions in Kansas. Many Kansas colleges and universities offer college credit for military experience. Full article

Posted September 10, 2019

The Army Launches Plan to Give College Credit for Training Soldiers are Already Doing

If all goes according to plan, in the next few years, soldiers with pre-enlistment college credit or using Army tuition assistance funds to pursue degrees will be able to count their time in professional military education courses as credit hours toward higher education. Full article

Posted June 12, 2019


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