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The Senior NCO's Perspective on the State of the Fires Center of Excellence

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With the addition of air defense artillery NCO Education System courses, Fort Sill's NCO Academy will soon be known as the Fires NCO Academy Within the next year, under U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's transfer plan, the Fort Polk, La., and Fort Hood, Texas, NCO Academies and Warrior Leaders Courses will fall under the Fires Center ofExcellence's command and control. Designed to meet the needs of battalion and brigade commanders, this course graduates leaders who are qualified to perform the function of integrating electronic attack with the maneuver commander's scheme of Fires.

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                                              The Senior NCO’s Perspective
                                                   on the State of the
                                               Fires Center of Excellence
                                                                                                          defense artillery NCO Education System courses, Fort Sill’s NCO
                                  By CSM Joseph D. Smith,                                                 Academy will soon be known as the Fires NCO Academy. Within
                                  Command Sergeant Major                                                  the next year, under U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s
                                    of the Fires Center of                                                transfer plan, the Fort Polk, La., and Fort Hood, Texas, NCO
                                       Excellence and                                                     Academies and Warrior Leaders Courses will fall under the Fires
                                        Fort Sill, Okla.                                                  Center of Excellence’s command and control. The Warrior Leaders



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                                                                                                          Course has transitioned from 30 to 15 days, and will increase to 17
                                               hat is the Fires Center                                    days by January 2010. The change in length of the Warrior Leaders
                                               of Excellence? What                                        Course will provide our junior NCOs more opportunities to receive
                                               can and will it do for                                     valuable training. The Basic NCO and Advanced NCO Courses are
                                  me, the Fires Soldier? These are                                        also being revamped,
                                  just a couple questions that some                                       and will be renamed
                                  of you near and far from the flag                                       the Advanced Leaders
                                  pole might be wondering. Most                                           Course and the Senior
                                  of you know that the FCoE includes both air defense and field           Leaders Course, re-
                                  artilleries, but again what does that mean for you? In this article     spectively. The length
                                  I will give you, “The senior NCO’s perspective on the state of          of these courses is
                                  the Fires Center of Excellence,” and the discussion will include        being extended by an
                                  what the Fires center is about and what it can do for you.              average of about two
                                      Initially, the Fires Center of Excellence became a reality on       weeks. We have also
                                  Aug. 14, during a flagging and patching ceremony. The unveiling         scheduled several air
                                  of the new unit colors and donning the new patch signified the Fires    defense artillery and
                                  Center of Excellence’s headquarters detachment achieving initial        field artillery mobile
                                  operating capacity. Oct. 1, 2009 marked the effective date of the       training teams for the
                                  unit operating with an approved organizational structure of more        next year to help the
                                  than 1,300 Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians.               warfighter at home
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                                      The Fires Center of Excellence is working hard to support           station. We are also
                                  the warfighter. The commanding general has start
								
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