By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
October 18, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- U.S. Army Recruiting Command's Annual Leaders Training Conference began here Oct. 18 and will run through Oct. 21.
"I am so proud of the team for accomplishing the FY16 mission," said Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, U.S. Army Recruiting Command's commanding general. "At the end of this week, I want to make sure we all leave here with a clear picture of the way ahead for FY17."
The conference has been extended from three to four days this year, according to Rick Ayer, director of the Commander's Planning Group. He said the extra day will allow for more focused in-depth training.
"During the round robin training all six brigades have an opportunity to interact with six different staff sections for at least an hour in each session to really get in-depth and in to detail on what's going on in the different functional areas," Ayer said.
The conference will include presentations from Lt. Gen. Kevin Mangum, Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general and chief of staff, and Debra Wada, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs.
Mangum will discuss how TRADOC plans to operate the accessions process. Wada will talk about the way ahead for the Army, how that relates to accessions, and about future recruiting initiatives under consideration.
A future focus panel with Lt. Gen. James McConville, the Army's top personnel officer, - Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Michael Smith, deputy chief of the Army Reserve, will discuss the direction of the guard and the reserve, and talent management for the Army.
There will be a panel discussion on virtual recruiting and social media, and a unit awards ceremony.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey is the keynote speaker for the annual awards luncheon.
The family agenda includes a number of working groups to allow for networking among spouses.
"AARs from last February showed spouses wanted to have more interaction with each other and more open discussions to talk about issues and what their roles and responsibilities are, as far as, [Family Readiness Group] advisors," said Frankie Stull, chief, USAREC Soldier and Family Assistance. "So that's why we're having a panel session led by other senior spouses who will lead a discussion on roles and responsibilities and better methods of communication with battalions, companies, and FRGs."
Lt. Col. Steven Hansen, chief of the Army's Compensation and Entitlements Allowance Branch, will give a presentation on the blended retirement system. A representative from U.S. Army Installation Command will give an update on Army Community Services.