2001 Senior Fire Support Conference.
Several of our most senior leaders will speak at the conference, including leaders from other services. This conference promises to be a dynamic and informative one that unquestionably will have an impact on the future of our branch.
Conference invitees include senior Army and Marine commanders and their command sergeants major (CSMs), both. Active and Reserve Components; retired and active Field Artillery general officers; TRADOC school commandants; and Field Artillery Association corporate members. Invitations are being mailed in January.
The first day of the conference, Monday, April 23d, will be devoted to Army division artillery, FA brigade and corps artillery commanders and their CSMs. This session will focus primarily on near-term issues of concern to the field and feature panels to address several of these issues. There will be separate sessions for Army National Guard commanders and their CSMs as well as an off-line session for CSMs.
On Tuesday morning, there will be a golf scramble. Also, a number of special subject matter expert (SME) presentations will be scheduled throughout the day and attendees will have the opportunity to visit the many exhibits. Tuesday afternoon activities will include briefings for commanders.
The general conference will begin on Wednesday morning, April 25th. Major General Toney Stricklin, Chief of Field Artillery, will kick off the conference and present the Field Artillery Strategic Vision. His presentation will be followed by the Field Artillery Modernization and Transformation Strategy and a National Guard transformation briefing. Joint and combined training will be covered in the afternoon with speakers from the Joint Forces Command, Marine Corps and Air Force Wednesday evening, the US Field Artillery Association will hold its annual meeting and honor General (Retired) J. H. Binford Peay III with a military Tattoo. General Peay is a former Commander of the US Central Command and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.
The Chief of Staff of the Army General Erick K. Shinseki has been invited to be the keynote speaker on Army Transformation, Thursday, April 26th Attendees also will be updated on the Quadrennial Defense Review and other subjects of interest. Discussions on small scale contingency (SSC) and stability and support operations (SASO) challenges will round Out the day. The Senior Fire Support Banquet is Thursday evening.
Most of the discussion on Friday, April 27th, will focus on Objective Force and Initial Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) challenges. This will be a short day to allow attendees to begin returning to home station. The format portion of the conference will end at 1130. But the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Task Force will be meet Friday afternoon.