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Clear The Way.

You can feel real excitement in the air as we head toward ENFORCE 2001! This issue is dedicated to the programs, initiatives, and dynamics that will receive top billing during this year's conference. It's all about change--the concept of "Engineers Leading Transformation" states our challenging case. With the assistance of our Regiment's outstanding leaders (active, reserve, and retired military; civilian; and contractor), bolstered by a rich slate of guest speakers, we are poised to peel this onion in every way we can. Be prepared to have fun, be steeped in camaraderie and branch revelry, and work to convey to your proponent the compelling requirements and priorities of our Regiment as it attacks the challenges of the Army's Transformation as a team. We hope to make profound steps toward our future during this year's conference and help resolve key issues regarding the Legacy, Interim, and Objective Forces.

Our ENFORCE 2001 theme clearly delineates our need to think strategically and plan proactively our branch azimuth and future needs as a vital member of the combined-arms team. As part of that process, the USAES leadership identified six breakout sessions to address key areas in which we need help from the field to analyze and develop recommended solutions. Each area is critical to the success of the Regiment and the Army as we pave the way toward Transformation. Here are just a few thoughts on each:

1. Officer Development and Retention. The Army has exciting things in store for our lieutenants. TRADOC just kicked off the pilot courses of the Basic Officer Leader's Course (BOLC) at Fort Benning for newly assessed 2LTs. The concept calls for all new 2LTs to attend BOLC--a field-oriented, leadership-challenging course--followed by basic-course attendance at their proponent school. The additional demands imposed by the Army's Transformation quest requires us to relook what we teach and how we teach our future leaders. We must prepare our young officers to be adaptive, imaginative, and fired up about being Engineers and Sappers. This breakout session will also review Engineer CPT attrition rates and initiatives to keep good officers in the Army.

2. Combat Bridging. We face many new challenges in attempting to meet the deployability and delivery requirements for assault gap crossing and bridging of the IAV and FCS-based forces. This breakout session will examine new methods, structures, and delivery systems to get the force across.

3. Construction Engineering. The IDIV Engineer organization will have organic horizontal and vertical construction assets that must fit into a C-130. What is the best ratio of vertical to horizontal capabilities for the Interim Force? Where should our priorities be for construction equipment--for today and tomorrow? This breakout session will seek to sort out the organization and materiel issues for our combat-heavy battalions of today and our construction requirements for the future force.

4. IBCT/IDIV Engineers. This breakout session will take a firsthand look at the Engineer units in the IBCT and IDIV and recommend changes to help us ensure optimal bang for the buck. This is an area we must get right the first time.

5. Geospatial Engineering. This is probably the area that is changing most rapidly. We are caught in the virtual opening of a new era, where the warfighter will not have those hard-copy 1:50,000 maps but can be inundated with terrain details that he would never dream possible. Does he want or need all that is available? Does the Engineer or S2/G2 provide the right stuff to the division/corps CG? How is NIMA helping the Army's Transformation of C4ISR?

6. Mine/Countermine. Will the Objective Force have mines in its arsenal? Now that we finally see conventional row minefields passing from the scene, what will be the mines and obstacles of choice for the future? How smart or brilliant will they become? On the countermine side, will we get beyond the heavy, brute-force breaching methods of the Legacy Force? What technologies show promise for the Interim Force breacher? How will the combined-arms maneuver force handle the mine threat? This breakout session will help us find answers to open the gates to mine warfare of the future.

ENFORCE 2001 week is full of important activities. For example, we look forward to the Engineer Regimental Review, where we will pay tribute to our great Regiment in a time-honored ceremony and see your unit's colors flying proudly. During the Army Engineer Association luncheon, we will welcome our new Honorary Colonel and CSM of the Regiment and say thanks to our outgoing pair. We will break ground for the Engineer Memorial Grove, which will be the future site of our Engineer AIT and OSUT Rites of Passage. This grove will help us remember our great heritage, those Engineers who served, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As we execute the Army Transformation, we must never fail to look to our history as a guiding light.

So, we look forward to seeing you commanders, CSMs, DPWs, MACOM Engineers, DA civilians, and contractors of the Corps soon. Bring your running shoes and dress blues. Our Engineer Run will take us on a tour of the post that will prove to be challenging and worthwhile. The Regimental Ball will give us the opportunity to rest those achy feet as we honor the Itschner, Sturgis, and Grizzly Award winners and the Gold de Fleury Medal awardee for the year 2000. We cherish this outstanding opportunity for our leaders to come together as "One Corps, One Regiment, One Team." I appreciate the superb teamwork with USACE that makes a conference of this magnitude possible. We must proactively seek ways to overcome obstacles and be a part of the solution as the Army transforms over the coming decades. As I've said hundreds of times before, it is vital that we continue to speak with one voice throughout the Regiment. That does not mean we all agree; it means we meet and discuss divergent views, hash it out, and all emerge wi th a common understanding--that is our primary objective for ENFORCE 2001.

Happy 30th anniversary to this Engineer Bulletin! Thanks to our great staff for producing such a fine publication.

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Title Annotation:ENFORCE 2001 conference
Author:Aadland, Major General Anders B.
Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
Date:May 1, 2001
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