• Fontenot to speak about large-scale combat ops

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  • Army University Public Affairs
    Retired Col. Greg Fontenot will present an open lecture on large-scale combat operations at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in Marshall Lecture Hall at the Lewis and Clark Center.
    Fontenot, a former battalion and brigade commander with the 1st Infantry Division, will relate his experiences to the recently published Field Manual 3.0 “Operations.” He will talk specifically about training and deploying for an expeditionary operation, conducting an operational deployment from strategic distance, executing corps operations in a non-contiguous area of operations, and post-conflict operations, including humanitarian operations and return to competition. The operations process and commander’s role in operations can clearly be seen in Fontenot’s presentation, as can staff processes and the difficulty of command on the move.
    Fontenot’s military career spanned more than 28 years. In addition to command assignments, he taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and served as director of the School of Advanced Military Studies. In his last assignment, he commanded the Battle Command Training Program. As an Army civilian, he served as director of Training and Doctrine Command’s War- gaming Directorate and later the Army’s red team school, the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies.
    He left the civil service in 2013 to pursue his interest in writing military history. His most recent book, “The 1st Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991,” is an example of the Army’s experience in large-scale combat operations.
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