The Utilization: Our First 100 Days

The known unknown for many prospective Major General James Wright Fellowship applicants is the “utilization” at TRADOC / ARCIC.  To shed some light on the types of work and opportunities, we caught up with members of the 2017 cohort as they reached their first 100 days in position:

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Quinn is putting VBA to work!

CPT Quinn Overton shared his job is a combination of engagement preparation / logistic support for the ARCIC director [MG Dyess].    Quinn also works special projects and other initiatives in conjunction with the larger staff effort in ARCIC. Recently, CPT Overton has been working on an interactive spreadsheet which displays variable relationships over time based when certain decisions regarding army force structures are made.  Tapping into skills leaned in the Fellowship, he finds himself constantly using data analytics, excel skills (to include building spreadsheets with VBA), and especially collecting “voice of customer”!

 

Fellow CPT Jake Bradfield currently works in the TRADOC G31 where he is part of a team that analyzes processes within the Army’s accession function. Working in the Army’s “personnel domain”, Jake provides oversight and insight into processes that make critical determinations about Unit MTOE authorizations, MOS consolidation and ASI assignment. CPT Bradfield has capitalized on skills learned in Operations, Managerial Accounting and Information Technology.

 

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Look at Pat Lynch “own it” in the Human Dimension

CPT Pat Lynch fills a role in the ARCIC Human Dimension Division. As a Capability Analysis Officer, Pat just returned from a TDY trip to Fort Benning, GA where he and his team worked with the MCoE to identify capability gaps in the Army’s Human Dimension. One such issue was the ability of the Army to recruit people with the right technical skills to bring value to future formations. Working with leaders across the TRADOC enterprise, CPT Lynch relies on executive communications skills refined during his time at the Mason School of Business.

 

MAJ Brandon Bangsboll, MAJ Brad Goodyear and CPT(P) Jon Patten all took their talents to Fort Lee upon graduation from the Mason School of Business to complete the Army’s Satellite ILE Course. Having received AOC Phase 2 credit for the completion of their MBA Program at William & Mary, completing Satellite ILE ensures these officers are now MEL4 complete and competitive to return to the force at the completion of their utilization. Said Brandon about the experience: “many of my classmates were Functional Area Officers…some holding jobs in areas I never even knew the Army did work! It served as yet another broadening opportunity to work alongside these peers.” MAJ Bangsboll will join the TRADOC G3/5/7 team as MAJ Goodyear and CPT(P) Patten find employment in ARCIC.

 

Speaking of Fort Lee….CPT Brian Johnson, the lone (but never afraid) Logistician from the 2016 cohort just completed his first solo teaching session as a Logistics Captain Career Course instructor. Brian enjoys the opportunity to shape the minds and attributes of the next generation of logistic Company Commanders.   Having left the Williamsburg area, Brian said he looked forward to a steady stream of James Wright Fellows coming to Fort Lee over the next two years to complete their ILE requirement and joining him for a friendly beer. He also uses his pulpit to share about the MGJW program, hoping to eventually replicate experiences and teaching from the Supply Chain course with his small group.

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From capstone to cubicle, the killer “Bs” stay connected

In a “so strange it must be true” turn of events, capstone project partners MAJ Brandon “BK” Kennedy and CPT Shailendra “Baz” Basnet once again work side by side (literally) in the Joint Forces Training Division. BK and Baz share responsibility on the coordination and synchronization of the TRADOC participation in the quarterly Training General Officer Steering Committee (TGOSC) forums. Says Kennedy, “these are the meetings of Colonels and Generals that decide how the Army spends it’s $9+ billion training dollars across a 4 year POM cycle.”  Continues Baz, “we don’t get to say what is done with the money, but being privy to the conversations and decision making is really illuminating.” Both Kennedy and Basnet lean on skills learned in Financial Management and Lean Six Sigma to conceptualize future values of money and improve the process of gather information from 10+ reporting organizations.

 

Working now with Sean Oatmeyer, the MGJW Fellowship program manager, CPT Will Lindberg remains closely tied to the current cohort. As a member of the Leader Development Directorate in the TRADOC G 3/5/7, Will gets to work on doctrine and policy that will produce agile, adaptive leaders for years to come. CPT Lindberg gets to work on the MGJW Fellowship and other initiatives to do just that. Experiences in LDE and with Executive Partners have invariably influenced the perspective he brings to this team.