NEWS | Oct. 31, 2016

Former CG, now at TRADOC, visits 7th Mission Support Command

By Maj. Daryle Sewell 7th Mission Support Command

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Maj. Gen. Paul M. Benenati, U.S. Army Training Doctrine Command deputy chief of staff, visited the 7th Mission Support Command Sept. 21-23 to discuss changes in training doctrine and future roles of the Army Reserve.

“It’s great to be back and it’s been satisfying watching you evolve in an era unique for the Reserve forces,” the former 7th MSC commanding general told a town hall group.

Benenati spent the first day of his visit the 7th MSC commanding general, Brig. Gen. Steven Ainsworth and senior staff members, discussing force structure challenges facing the unit.

“The 7th MSC operates in an entirely different mode than the rest of the Army Reserve,” he said.

The Active Army can no longer fight without the Army Reserve, he said.

“Future planning will require you to assess resources and skills the 7th MSC can provide that no one else can,” Benenati said to 7th MSC senior leaders. “Providing resources unique to the Army Reserve, which are missing from the active army in Europe, is a huge strength and challenge for the command.”

On the second day of his visit, Benenati held an open forum with the unit to discuss unique challenges and how they will shape Army Reserve training in the future. Specifically, he talked about Objective T.

Objective T is the current TRADOC initiative. It establishes standardized mission tasks for each unit type Army-wide. Those tasks will be the focus of unit training which is to be evaluated in complex and unique environments.

“At TRADOC we’ve realized the current Army Reserve five-year train and deploy model only works in a perfect world,” he said. “So, we looked at unique training and readiness doctrines focused at the unit level.”

Units will be evaluated on how they conduct operations day and night, and how they react to all sorts of challenges and threats, Benenati said.

“The end state will be improved readiness and more realistic, trackable metrics.” he added.

“From the unit level, down to the team level, leaders will be able to assess if their organization is ready to go anywhere in the world,” Benenati said.