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Mail from the boss at BCTP

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 19, 2007 at 8:12 am with No Comments »
December 19, 2007 8:12 am

Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell writes in response to Monday’s story about the after action review for I Corps in the just-completed Yama Sakura exercise in Japan.


Thanks for your interest in the Battle Command Training Program in yesterday’s article, "Troops Successful in Japan." The Battle Command Training Program, or BCTP, is an important element of the Combined Arms Center’s continued support for our Army as the proponent for leader development.

Tens of thousands of troops from the U.S. and our vital international partners deployed around the globe all have something in common – their commanders and staffs have been trained by BCTP. In most cases, this training serves as their final test before they lead troops into battle.

The mission of BCTP is to lead the training of coalition, sister service, and Army commanders and their staffs, covering the broad spectrum of operations from high-intensity war training to low-intensity stability-building missions. BCTP uses real life situational training and computer-driven simulation to replicate the current (daily) operational environment. At the same time, its battle-tested cadre provides instruction and shares lessons learned through BCTP’s Battle Command and Counterinsurgency Seminars. The ultimate goal is to develop current, relevant, campaign-quality, joint and expeditionary battle command instincts and skills.

Now, more than ever, the complexities of the 21st century battlefield require highly trained commanders to effectively lead America’s sons and daughters. The Battle Command Training Program plays an essential role in that process.


Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV

Commanding General

Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth

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