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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.
Fires MUD TO SPACE 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 W 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 Red Book 2009: mud to space 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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