The Combined Arms Center-Training at Fort Leavenworth will welcome new directors in July for its TCM Virtual and Collective Training Directorate operations.
Col. Miciotto Johnson takes the place of Col. Henry St-Pierre, who retired in recent weeks as director for Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager for the Virtual Training Environment, known as TCM Virtual. TCM Virtual is the Army’s centralized planner and manager for virtual simulators, simulations and other elements of the virtual training environment.
Col. Mike Dvoracek replaces Col. Dave Blackburn as director for the Collective Training Directorate, which develops and manages unit training products such as Field Manual 7-0, “The Army Training Network,” the Combined Arms Training Strategies and the Digital Training Management System. Blackburn retired recently after 31 years with the Army.
“Our country owes Colonel St-Pierre and Colonel Blackburn a debt of gratitude, and we appreciate their outstanding service,” said Col. Paul E. Funk II, deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center-Training. “We welcome Colonel Dvoracek and Colonel Johnson and trust their instincts and most recent experience will help them bring new insights and ideas to our organization.”
During his retirement ceremony, St-Pierre received the Legion of Merit, which recognized “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.” Under St-Pierre’s leadership, TCM Virtual integrated the Synthetic Environment Core into all phases of virtual battlefield training. SE Core enables Soldiers and leaders using different simulators to see a common, shared view while training together.
The award also recognized St-Pierre’s leadership over TCM Virtual, which handles planning, management and integration of virtual simulators such as the Close Combat Tactical Trainer, Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator, Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer and Engagement Skills Trainer 2000.
Funk also presented the Legion of Merit to Blackburn for accomplishments during his four years as CTD director, including a revamp of FM 7-0, coordinating the Army Training Concept, compiling Army training detail into a single database, and creating the Army Training Network, an online resource for training materials.
Additionally, Blackburn’s wife, Lisa, received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, which is the fourth highest Army award presented to a civilian. Lisa Blackburn was honored for her work as a leader and mentor with the military and civilian community and other organizations.
Dvoracek most recently was a student at the Army War College and before that was deputy director of operations, CJ3, for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Additionally, he previously was commander of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery.
Johnson was deputy chief of plans, CJ5, with the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Mochengladbach, Germany. An Atlanta native, he previously commanded the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor.