Fort Bliss garrison commander tours USASMA
USASMA Public Affairs:
Col. Brant Dayley, Fort Bliss garrison commander, visited the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy June 26 to better understand the mission of the academy and to maintain the close partnership USASMA has had with previous garrison leaders. USASMA commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, said Dayley’s acceptance of his invitation to come to the academy was important for several reasons.
“We’ve always had a good relationship with the Fort Bliss Garrison Command, and continuing that good relationship is critical,” said Malloy. “By coming here, Colonel Dayley got a much needed overview of our mission and what we do for the Army.”
During a special briefing to Dayley, Malloy pointed out that the academy is a Training and Doctrine Command entity located on a Forces Command installation.
“We’re rather unique,” said Malloy, “but despite the fact we answer to two different commands, the support we receive from agencies located on Fort Bliss proper are invaluable to the success of our organization.”
Malloy told Dayley that by working through challenges with organizations and agencies specific to Fort Bliss garrison, the academy has benefitted greatly and cultivated some very cooperative partnerships.
“We’ve actually had people come forward from some Bliss agencies and just offer us assistance,” said Malloy. “The outpouring of help is just amazing – especially when it comes to taking care of our Soldiers in the Sergeants Major Course. … Some organizations have just point blank said, ‘What do you need?’”
Because Dayley only assumed command a month ago, he recognized the need to familiarize himself with tenant organizations located at Fort Bliss, but he said visiting places like USASMA wasn’t just for the short term.
“We want to do what’s right for all of Fort Bliss for the future,” said Dayley. “By collecting information and getting a knowledgeable hold on the roles and missions of our tenant partners I can, in turn, formulate future recommendations to Major General [Dana J. H.] Pittard, [1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss commander].”
Dayley was apprised of just how big a role the Sergeants Major Academy plays for the Army’s noncommissioned officers – both junior and senior in rank. Malloy told him USASMA delivers 209 classes to more than 192,000 students globally and annually. Every course is tailored to meet the educational requirements for Soldiers to lead at the next level of their career. Malloy also explained just how far the education of noncommissioned officers has come and how in 40 years the academy has adapted and improved to provide the best education possible for Soldiers.
“Initially, the Sergeants Major Course was taught by officers because most NCOs didn’t have any kind of college education – not even a high school diploma,” said Malloy. “Now this academy has rightfully earned the distinction of being recognized by the Training and Doctrine Command as an accredited Academic Institution of Excellence. The average instructor at USASMA has nothing less than a master’s degree.”
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