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									                                                                                       1LT Paul Keller (Foreground), a Student at the Field Artillery
                                                                                       Captain’s Career Course (FACCC), Fort Sill, Oklahoma,
                                                                                       listens to a description of the Reset block of the FACCC,
                                                                                       8 April 2009. (Photo by Jason Scott Kelly)

PME for FA Officers and Warrant Officers
                                                                                         fires” during the past year from Task,
         By LTC Christopher P. Talcott, MAJ Cornelius L. Morgan                          Condition and Standards training focused
                  and CW3 Scott W. McKnight, all FA                                      on teaching our leaders “what to think”
                                                                                         to the OBTE philosophy, using the Adap-

                                                                                         tive Leader Methodology (ALM), which
     he “how” and “what” of educat-         to reset in the Army Force Generation        educates our leaders on the “how to think.”
     ing Field Artillery (FA) officers      (ARFORGEN) cycle.1                           Major (R) Don Vandergriff’s instructional
     and warrant officers (WO) is a           In direct support of the Chief of FA’s     ALM focuses the learner on the “why”
hot topic within Training and Doctrine      FA Campaign Plan to Sustain Soldiers,        and encourages an interactive student-
Command (TRADOC) and the US                 Leaders, and Families, Win the Current       centered learning environment vice the
Army FA School (USAFAS) at Fort             Fight, Reset, and Transform for Future       traditional instructor-centered one.
Sill, Oklahoma. The article “MTTs—          Operations, this article highlights how        Traditional instructor-centered learn-
Resetting FA Core Competencies” by          the officer and WO professional military     ing (such as PowerPoint learning) uses
CSM (R) Jeffrey L. Moyer written for        education (PME) courses are adapting         demonstrations and lectures as the basis
the July-September 2008 edition of Fires    to balance the training and education        to impart knowledge.3 In contrast, ALM
Bulletin appropriately highlighted a need   requirements to produce a competent,         focuses the instructor to use techniques
to restore core-competency training         confident and technically and tactically     that require the learner to participate
in our professional military education      proficient FA leader.2                       actively in this process. Techniques like
courses. CSM Moyer’s article succinctly       Outcomes Based Training and Educa-         case studies, discovery learning, simula-
identified key challenges facing our FA     tion Environment (OBTE)—the How.             tions, Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
leaders—skills atrophy due to multiple      PME for the Officer Education System         and Inquiry Learning are used in the
nonstandard missions and limited time       (OES) at USAFAS has been “shifting           classroom. The “product” we produce,

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using ALM, are leaders whose learning            (manual gunnery, automated, ballistics          that fight as well with officers from Fort
creates higher cognitive level outputs           and troubleshooting). Following gunnery,        Riley, Kansas, coming to Fort Sill. The
(creating, evaluating and analyzing) vice        the captains spend four weeks resetting         “product” of our FACCC is a captain
lower cognitive levels (remembering and          their core-competency Artillery skills in       ready to execute his job as a battalion fire
understanding).                                  fire direction, delivery systems and fire       support officer, battalion fire direction
  With that, USAFAS and the institutional        support. Battery command and leader-            officer or battery commander.
training that occurs at the Fires Center         ship instruction are also a part of the core      FACCC Initiatives. FACCC education
of Excellence at Fort Sill is commit-            competency block and are taught early           includes a greater emphasis on cultural
ted to providing the best educational            in the course as a foundation. The last         understanding. Fort Sill employs outside
practices available to produce the Field         focus of the core competency block is           university professors to educate captains.
Artilleryman who is military occupational        nonlethal operations which includes the         Most recently, a Middle East expert from
specialty (MOS)-qualified and ready to           embedded Tactical Information Opera-            Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma,
provide lethal and nonlethal expertise to        tions Course.                                   conducted a lecture for FACCC. A second
your unit. The rest of this article highlights     The lethal and nonlethal integration          initiative includes media training. Stu-
FA OES courses as we evolve and develop          block incorporates command and control,         dents have the opportunity, in cooperation
the techniques necessary to incorporate          current hybrid combat operat
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