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The Maneuver Center of Excellence will host the annual Maneuver Conference Sept. 17-20, at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. This conference presents an opportunity for the maneuver community to share lessons, identify opportunities and collaborate to increase the combat effectiveness of our maneuver force. The Maneuver Conference brings together military and civilian Army leadership, defense industry leaders and academia for dialogue on current and future force initiatives. We have learned many lessons during the last 11 years. Now we have an opportunity to institutionalize lessons learned across doctrine, organizational change, training and leader development, the development of materiel solutions, personnel policies and facilities and to innovate to ensure that our maneuver forces are prepared to fight and win across the range of military operations.
The MCoE mission is to provide trained, agile, adaptive and ready Soldiers and leaders for an Army at war, while developing capabilities for the maneuver force and the individual Soldier and providing a world-class quality of life for our Soldiers, civilians, and Army Families. Our Army has learned and adapted to the demands of combat, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence has been at the forefront in many of the innovations and adaptations in the areas of leader development, training, doctrine and combat developments.
The focus of this years Maneuver Conference is on improving Soldier performance. We will provide updates on the MCoE efforts focused on the following objectives:
Develop and implement a maneuver leader training and education strategy to develop agile adaptive leaders, committed to the Army profession, who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes to be successful on complex battlefields.
Institutionalize lessons and innovate to ensure that our Soldiers and leaders master the fundamentals and are prepared to fight, lead and win across the range of military operations in complex, uncertain and changing environments.
Develop capabilities in our combat formations to seize, retain and exploit the initiative across the range of military operations.
Review, revise and apply doctrine to consolidate lessons of recent armed conflict and ensure maneuver leaders and units are prepared to fight and win across the range of military operations.
Adapt MCoE organization, personnel, and processes, and collaborate with other CoEs, services and research organizations to improve the combat effectiveness of the maneuver force through integrated doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities.
Apply best practices and innovate to ensure the health of the force and make Fort Benning the best installation in the world for our Soldiers, Families, and civilians.
Our Army demands tough, cohesive, well-trained and well-led teams that are experts in combined arms operations and capable of defeating enemy organizations and establishing security to accomplish the mission. We know that combat places a premium on the moral, physical and cognitive dimensions of Soldier and unit readiness.
Next weeks Maneuver Conference will help us consolidate what we have learned and continue to innovate to ensure that our maneuver force is ready to fight and win today and in the future. We must also remember our fellow Soldiers in the fight in Afghanistan. Any ideas that assist our teams in Afghanistan or those preparing for combat missions there will continue to receive top priority.
One Force, One Fight.
Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commanding general
For more information, go to the following websites:
A full conference agenda is located at http://www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/maneuverconference/
If you are visiting the Fort Benning area for the conference, we welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit. If you are unable to attend the conference, but are interested in seeing coverage of the conference, visit: http://www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/maneuverconference/. In addition to the agenda and general conference information, we plan to post presentations and video highlights.
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