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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

One Army School System brings active, Guard, Reserve together

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SAN ANTONIO — After 31 years of service as a warrior citizen, Master Sgt. Goliath Singletary is not ready to retire because he is waiting for one thing — the 80th Training Command’s transition from the Total Army School System to the One Army School System.

The One Army School System standardizes education for Army schools regardless of component, so once the transition is complete, active-duty and Reserve Soldiers, as well as National Guardsmen, will be able to train at 80th Training Command facilities.

Singletary said the transition gives him an opportunity to be part of something bigger, even though thoughts of retirement have crossed his mind.

“I’m not ready to get out until I can help solidify this type of training,” said Singletary, who serves as the liaison between 4th Brigade, 100th Training Division, and the Army Medical Department Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

The 100th Training Division, subordinate to the 80th Training Command, recently conducted an Advanced Leader Course consistent with the One Army School System, at Joint Base San Antonio. Medical Soldiers from all three components attended the course, which was administered by 4th Brigade instructors, with operational guidance from the Army Medical Department NCO Academy.

With the 80th Training Command’s One Army School System concept plan currently pending approval, Karen Archondidis, the Army Medical Department NCO Academy deputy commandant, suggested the class solidify the idea of the Army Medical Department and the 80th Training Command synchronizing their efforts to graduate a group of students from all three components.

“I already believed that we could do it,” Archondidis said. “It was kinda like a real-time business case analysis. It was a tremendous way for us to see how well we could coordinate and get the additional resources that we needed.”

Active component instructors assisted their Reserve counterparts with the Program of Instruction. Archondidis said she was pleased to see how the 80th Training Command instructors had settled into their roles as One Army School System trainers.

“(The Reserve instructors) took the time prior to the class getting here to learn about the alma mater. I was really excited to see that they knew this place, (how) they knew this building,” Archondidis said. “In the classrooms everything was transparent. The active-duty Soldiers received the same instruction as the (Reserve-course) Soldiers. I couldn’t see a difference from a Reserve course to an active-duty course.”

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