• MCTP welcomes new commander

  • Jones takes command of MCTP.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    After nearly two years of service, Col. Kimo Gallahue relinquished command of the Mission Command Training Program to Col. Guy Jones in a ceremony July 27 in the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium.
    “Change of command ceremonies are special events. They are time-honored traditions. It’s part of our heritage and it’s part of who we are as a profession of arms,” said Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general of Combined Arms Center – Training. “Change of command ceremonies provide an opportunity to reflect on where the organization has been and what has been accomplished in the past two years, but they’re also ceremonies that offer an opportunity to look toward the future.”
    Gallahue took command of MCTP Aug. 2, 2016.
    During his time as commander, Gallahue conducted more than 35 exercises, trained more than 62 general officers, including 19 division and corps commanders, and trained more than 120 brigade commanders and their staffs, Gervais said.
    Gallahue also established a “mission partner environment” allowing three United Kingdom units to participate in Warfighting Exercise 18-4. WFX 18-4 was the largest WFX to date with more than 4,800 participants. It included the first execution of a non-operation plan; the first partner division as a training audience under a U.S. corps; the first full integration of a partner nation’s Observer-Controller/Trainer organization, and the first instance of MCTP establishing and replicating the theater network.
    “(The mission partner environment) paved the way for multinational interoperability for our Army,” Gervais said. “It wasn’t easy. It was a long year, but under your leadership, behind the scenes nobody had any idea what it took to do it, but it was well worth it.
    “Nobody thought it could be done. We exceed all expectations because of you and your great team,” she said. “What a journey you have led this great organization on and what an impact MCTP has had on our Army and readiness during your tenure.”
    Gallahue said he has been in awe of MCTP since he became commander.
    “MCTP is a special organization. When I arrived, I first spoke of the awe and appreciation I had of the gravity and impact of what this program has accomplished and continues to execute day in and day out,” he said.
    “Today, I stand here even more in awe of what MCTP does. MCTP is an adaptive, flexible, learning organization (and) a powerful agent of change for our Army, and we’re changing it for the better.
    “People learn by doing and we give our operational force the opportunity to do. Our warfighters, they force test readiness, they test our doctrine, they test themselves individually and collectively,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The organization has embraced (doing) and learned that is the fuel that drives such excellence from each one of our soldiers and (Department of the Army) civilians. I know we are a better Army because of MCTP.”
    Gallahue’s next assignment is deputy commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
    Jones’ previous command assignments include regimental training officer, Company A and Headquarters Company commander, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; commander, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment; and commander, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.
    Jones is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer Course and the School of Advanced Military Studies.
    “We know the Army does an incredible job in ensuring the right leader is at the right place at the right time to assume command of an organization,” Gervais said. “Team Jones are the right leaders to take MCTP to the next level. One that is focused on preparing our Army to meet the needs of the Army of 2025 and our nation.”
    Jones said he feels ready to take command of MCTP.
    “Having been through multiple MCTP exercises warfighter on the other side as a training audience at both the division and corps, I think I bring a level of experience of hard-learned lessons, always changing, always an opportunity and that’s how I look at this,” he said. “Together, we will accomplish our mission to assist divisions, corps, (Army service components) and our total Army force to continue to improve their skills and rehearse and prepare for large-scale armed conflict in any environment that our nation may call us to prosecute. Our focus is mission command and we will exercise this daily to accomplish our own mission.”
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