Soldier Support Institute
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Soldier Support Institute Vision
SSI, as the Army's Soldier Support Integration Command strives to fully integrate within the Sustainment War Fighting Function by providing state of the art education and training to Soldiers and Civilians, developing adaptive leaders and building capabilities across the Human Resource and Financial Management domains in order to strengthen an all volunteer U.S. Army as America’s force of decisive action.
BG Paul Chamberlain Commander Soldier Support Institute
BG Chamberlain was commissioned into the Army in May 1988 from Clemson University and was assigned as a Platoon Leader in Heilbronn, Germany.
BG Chamberlain’s previous assignments include: Signal Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 38th Signal Battalion, 56th Field Artillery Command (Pershing); Signal Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Bravo Company, 11th Signal Battalion; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer 57th Signal Company (Separate), 17 Signal Battalion, Wuerzburg Germany; Operational Detachment A-Team Leader and later Battalion Assistant Operations Officer and Battalion Supply Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY; Assistant Chief of Staff-J8/Comptroller, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; Chief of Administration/Resources Branch, Special Operations Division, Army Operations Center, Washington D.C.; Resource Manager-Budget Integration, Army Budget Office, Washington D.C.; Assistant Chief of Staff-J8/Comptroller, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq; Resource Manager, Joint Chiefs of Staff-J8, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Chief of Staff, G8/Comptroller, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas (with a deployment as the United States Forces-Iraq, J8). Most recently he was assigned as the Executive Officer to Dr. Matiella, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), and the Acting Director, Operations and Support, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller), Washington D.C.
BG Chamberlain’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, Fort Gordon, GA and the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Fort Benning, GA; the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course and Language School, Fort Bragg, NC; the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. His civilian educational pursuits include a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University in 2000.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He has also earned the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
BG Chamberlain is married with two children.
Mr, Felix Medina Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate Concepts/Doctrine Development (CDID), Ms. Janet Barrentine, Recruiting and Retention School and Mr. Daniel Huffman, Resource Management Directorate as "4th Quarter - Civilian of the Quarter winners".
Instructor/Facilitator and Civilians of the 4th Quarter Fiscal year 2013": Mrs. Wanda Blackmon, Training Development Directorate, (TDD) SFC Christopher Starke, Recruiting and Retention School (RRS)
CASCOM "Game Changers": Mr. Ron Bruce, Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate Concepts/Doctrine Development (CDID) CPT Elizabeth Cantrell, A CO. 369th AG Battalion 1SG Fredrico L. Kirskey C CO. Training Support Battalion (TSB) These individuals will be receiving a Certificate of Appreciation and the CASCOM Game Changer coin on behalf of Major General Wyche
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Adjutant General School
Train and develop agile leaders and Soldiers who provide human resources and music support to the force. Develop human resource (HR) concepts, doctrine, training and organizational designs to support an expeditionary Army in war and in peace.
Financial Management School
Provide trained, ready, and agile military and civilian Leaders and develop complementary concepts, doctrine, organization, and material across the spectrum of Financial Management (FM) in support of America's Armed Forces in war and peace.
Finance Soldiers Take Aim at the Money
New York Times
June 20, 2013
By Michaelle Bond
"Travis, eat a lot of bacon and kill people," Lieutenant Doyle recalled reading in a child's handwriting. Other messages included, "It's OK if you die," "We really loved you when you were alive," and "Kill lots of people."
The children also asked whether he had killed anyone on his way over to the party.
Like most soldiers, he is used to the uncomfortable question, "Have you ever killed anyone?" But for Lieutenant Doyle and other soldiers in his New York Army National Guard unit, the answer is almost always no, for battle is not part of their job description. They are the 27th Financial Management Company, based in Whitestone, Queens, and one of the least heralded segments of a military operation so large it is like a major multinational corporation unto itself.
"A lot of people forget that checks still have to get cashed in the battlefield," said Lieutenant Doyle, 26,who lives in Manhattan and, for the past year worked at Deloitte, the accounting firm, helping people through bankruptcies. "Financial transactions do occur."
As all branches of the military face tighter budgets, the finance soldiers are responsible for making sure the armed forces spend money wisely and appropriately. "We are stewards of public taxpayer funds."
Lieutenant Doyle spent four and a half years in the Air Force National Guard and has been in the Army National Guard for two years, but when the unit shipped out last weekend for a nine-month stay in Kuwait, it was his first deployment. "I want to say I went over there and served my country," he said.
The military's financial units do things like straightening out soldiers' salary discrepancies, making sure soldiers have access to their money while they are overseas, enrolling soldiers in military savings plans and paying American and foreign contractors. They distribute money to other units. If families have trouble paying their bills, the finance soldiers can help them borrow money or get their paychecks early.
"Soldiers are really grateful for us," said Sgt. Kimberly Smith, 32, of East Flatbush, who is to make sure the soldiers in her finance company have the supplies they need to do their jobs. "It feels good that soldiers feel their money and their families are taken care of."
She said that people usually want to hear war stories when they find out she is an Army sergeant. They would get better stories asking about her other job as a sergeant in the New York Police Department, she said.
The 27-member company is a mixture of people: Some studied finance in college, others did not; some soldiers have had other Army roles and others have not.
"It's probably one of the best jobs that people don't go to," said Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Muniz, 28, of East Harlem, who actually works full time for the Guard, most of the time in human resources at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor. He said the Army gave him a choice between two career paths after he joined the Guard in 2002. "I didn't think field artillery was going to translate into civilian life, so I chose finance."
The unit deployed to replace the 28th Financial Management Company from Pennsylvania as the senior financial headquarters stationed in Al Ahmadi, Kuwait. From Camp Arifjan, the 27th will oversee two other financial units.
Before deployment, the company completed more than a month of training in Fort Dix in New Jersey. The soldiers had to go through the same training as other soldiers, shooting weapons, driving military vehicles, learning basic medical skills, appropriate reactions to attacks and techniques to identify and respond to improvised explosive devices.
"Even though we'll be doing office work, you never know when you're going to be called up to drive in a convoy," Lieutenant Doyle said, though he acknowledged that he was "not a rough-and-tough guy."
The nine months on the other side of the world are hard on their families, but the company has to be relatively close to the action so they can handle transactions directly, face-to-face, without potential obstacles like time differences and unreliable Internet service.
"Soldiers like other soldiers helping them," Sergeant Muniz said. They call soldiers in his unit "the money people," he said. "They love seeing us."
Recruiting and Retention School
Train and develop agile leaders and Soldiers who provide recruiting and retention support to the force. Develop recruiting and retention concepts, doctrine, training and organizational designs to support an expeditionary Army in war and in peace.
Army School of Music
Army Band Mission "The Army School of Music trains and educates Army band Soldiers and leaders; designs, develops and implements training; integrates unit capabilities, concepts and doctrine in order to build Army bands that are versatile and adaptable in Full Spectrum Operations."
Non Commissioned Officer Academy
Train and educate noncommissioned officers through relevant, objective evaluation to support ARFORGEN; growing adaptive leaders fostered in an environment that facilitates competence, confidence, creativity, and team-building to achieve success in any operating environment.
Soldier Support Institute Library
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TRADOC Commander's Priorities.
1. Leader Development.
a. SMA Chandler Produces Video Message for United States Army School of Music (USASOM) Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA): SMA Chandler produced a video message for the USASOM NCOA describing the importance of the Army Music Program and the tangible impact Army Bands have on Soldiers and the Army. The SMA video message will be posted to the Soldier Support Institute (SSI) homepage.
b. US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC): Leaders from USASOC spoke with both the FMCCC and FM BOLC regarding future opportunities within USASOC in Leader Professional Development sessions. Discussion focused on dispelling myths of Special Operations, career progression, responsibilities, budgets within Special Operations, and command and training opportunities.
2. Design the Future Force.
a. United States Army School of Music (USASOM) Prepares Force Design Update (FDU) Submission: As part of the Secretary of the Army's (SA) and Chief of Staff, Army's (CSA) Focus Area Review Group process, the Army Music Program will be reduced by 15%. The final implementation brief for the SA/CSA is scheduled for 24 Feb 14. USASOM is preparing the Operational & Organizational Concept Paper, Organization Design Paper and the Unit Reference Sheets to initiate a FDU.
3. Adapt TRADOC.
a. Training and Education Development – Enterprise (TED-E) Workload Management Process Assistance Visit. This visit was postponed from 13 Feb until 25 Feb due to inclement weather and road conditions in Columbia, SC. On 25 Feb 14, a representative from Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T), Training Management Directorate (TMD) Ms. Karen Clark, Contractor visited Soldier Support Institute (SSI) and Fort Jackson. The purpose of this visit was to provide proponents:
- feedback on their POM submission
- with a more in depth understanding of the new TED-E Workload Management Process
- gain an understanding of proponent TED workload prioritization
- identify proponent TED backlog and its impact
- identify who is doing TED at the proponents
There was a Town Hall meeting with the TED workload managers (TDD Branch Chiefs, VTC with TMD ); and a meeting with TED senior leaders.
4. Training and Education for the Future
a. Army National Guard (ARNG) G-1 Personnel Readiness Campaign Plan: The AG School (AGS) Human Resources Management Qualification Course (HRMQC) instructors led the Full Time Human Resources Staff Course (FTHRSC) Workshop in training 52 additional personnel in support of the ARNG G-1 Personnel Readiness Campaign Plan at the ARNG Professional Education Center (PEC), Little Rock, AR from 10-21 Feb 14. The FTHRSC is projected to be conducted four to six times annually at the PEC. The training will empower state and territory Human Resources leaders to achieve and maintain the highest level of personnel readiness across the entire ARNG. HRMQC staff will also support the Critical Task Site Selection Board (CTSSB) at the PEC, Little Rock, AR from 21-25 Apr 14.
b. Army Times Reporter attends United States Army School of Music (USASOM) Graduation Ceremony: Mr. Lance Bacon, senior staff writer for the Army Times attended USASOM's Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Graduation on 20 Feb 14 at the Gator Theater on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS). In a recent interview with SMA Chandler, the SMA recommended Mr. Bacon attend USASOM's event. In addition to the formal graduation ceremony, the USASOM program is also the culminating training event in which 42R Soldiers apply the skills they've learned in a full-range multi-media production. After the program, Mr. Bacon tweeted, "Army School of Music AIT=best graduation I have seen in 20+ years of military service/reporting. Absolutely awesome!" The article is projected for the week ending 7 Mar 14.
c. Partnering: The Commandant of the Financial Management School met with Dr. Peter Brews, the new dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brews brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to USC and has initially expressed a keen interest in partnership programs with the US Army. Topics of discussion were: Enterprise Resource Planning SAP TERP10 Course, establishing MBA programs, and other possible future endeavors.
d. School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics (SALT): The Financial Management School (FMS) Director of Training and select staff participated in a VTC with the SALT Program Manger, Captains' Career Course, and additional SALT Staff. Throughout the VTC, the FMS and SALT discussed topics on the Mid-Grade Learning Continuum (MLC) 2015 and Multi-branch STAFFEX. They planned future quarterly VTCs ensuring both the SALT and the FMS continue to work together, identifying and discussing relevant topics to enhance the Captains' Career Course.
e. TRADOC Capability Manager – Army Training Information System (TCM-ATIS) Regional Training Session. The Soldier Support Institute (SSI) Training Development Directorate (TDD) participated in the TCM-ATIS Regional Training session via Defense Connect On-line (DCO) on 18-20 February. The topics discussed were – Training Development Capability (TDC) Release 11 Updates, Training Operations Management Activity (TOMA) Issues, Mobile Training Team (MTT) Opportunities, Future of Course Resource Model (CRM), Central Army Registry (CAR) Demo/Discussion, Knowledge Manager Responsibilities, TDC Release 12 Planning, Training Management Directorate (TMD) Updates, Army Training Management System (ATMS) Takeover of Resident Individual Training Management (RITMS)/Digital Training Management System (RITMS) functions, Individual Task Training, Lesson Plans, Course/Course Administrative Description (CAD), and Program of Instruction (POI). The two systems that were the primary emphasis for the Regional were TDC and RITMS, but they also covered ATMS, CAR, and My Training Tab (MT2).
f. Career Program (CP) 32 Professional Development Training. From 18-19 Feb 14, 20 SSI CP-32 employees attended training by The Bob Pike Group on Creative Training Techniques for the Advanced Trainer. This was a dynamic course designed for the experienced trainer, instructional designer, and training developer with a solid foundation of learner-centric training methods and principles, looking to deepen their training and knowledge depth. The training introduced new techniques that aid in retention and content job transfer, provided a deeper exploration into adult learning theory, and illustrated the importance of scaling learning content for participants and accessibility. This program is part of a continuing Army Learning Model (ALM) education effort and SSI's robust Faculty Development Program for Level 4 (Continuing Education) intended to continue the professional development and maturation of our CP-32 personnel. Initial feedback from the employees was extremely positive and recommendations were made to continue this training for developers and instructor personnel throughout the year.
g. Distributed Learning. The Training Development Directorate's (TDD) Distributed Learning (dL) Branch is coordinating with the Adjutant General School (AGS) and the Financial Management School to submit FY15 dL course nominations. The AGS and FMS Captains Career Courses are continuing course development. The HR Administrative Functions and HR Information Systems courses are still undergoing testing at Army Training Support Center.
5. Concepts & Doctrine.
a. CDID HR Doctrine Writing Team. FM 1-0 Final Electronic File (FEF) was approved by CAC Commander (LTG Perkins). The projected submission to APD and publication date of FM 1-0 is NLT 31 Mar 14. ATP 1-0.1, (S-1 Operations) is currently undergoing Initial Draft revision. The draft is expected to be submitted for field staffing NLT 28 Feb 14, with an expected publication date of 28 Feb 15.
b. CDID FM Doctrine Writing Team. FM 1-06 Final Electronic File (FEF) was approved by CAC Commander (LTG Perkins). The projected submission to APD and publication date of FM 1-06 is NLT 31 Mar 14. The FM doctrine writing team is developing the Final Draft for ATP 1-06.3 (Banking Operations) with a tentative completion date 28 Feb 14. The estimated completion date for the initial draft of ATP 1-06.4 (Internal Controls) is NLT 30 June 20 and the estimated completion date for the initial draft of ATP 1-06.5 (Cost Mgt) is NLT 31 Aug 14.
6. Army and Joint Training.
a. Extremist Organization and Activity Training Support Package (TSP): The Army is still under a "cease fire" order in reference to conducting extremist training, in accordance with with ALARACTs #276-2013 and #153-2013, which directed all Army commanders and leaders to cease all EO briefings, command presentations, and/or training on extremist organizations or activities pending a standardized Army Program of Instruction (POI) training plan. The Army's extremism training materials are currently being staffed for the Secretary of the Army's approval. Once the training packet (slide deck and POI) is approved, an ALARACT will announce the recommencement of EO extremism training and the training packet will be emailed to Equal Opportunity Program Manager Offices and posted on the EONET.
b. Equal Opportunity Advisor Course (EOAC) - Army Service Specific Training (ASST): The EOAC ASST course curriculum, schedule, and exam have been updated in accordance with the recent published Army Directive 2013-29 (Army Command Climate Assessments) and the discontinued use of the Equal Opportunity Action Plan (EOAP).
7. Plans and Operations. Nothing Significant.
8. Capabilities Development Process and Sync.
Casualty Estimation Steering Committee: Concepts and Doctrine team continues to hold an active seat on the Casualty Estimation Steering Committee. Current focus is on the Medical and Casualty Estimation (MACE) tool developed at the Center for AMEDD Strategic Studies. Concepts and Doctrine team have obtained access privileges to MACE for utilization, observation and feedback from the Adjutant General School Captains Career Course as well as the Warrant Officer Basic and Advance Course. Feedback captured from the classroom environment will be forwarded back to AMEDD Strategic Studies for consideration as they continue to develop the estimation model.
9. Strategic Engagement & Messaging.
a. AG School (AGS) Hosts Army National Guard (ARNG) G-1: The AGS hosted the new ARNG G-1, COL Joseph Baldwin and SGM Donald Kiefer on 19-20 Feb 14. During their visit, they had office calls with the CG, Soldier Support Institute (SSI) and the Commandant, AGS. COL Baldwin and SGM Kiefer also talked with the ARNG Title 10 Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) Recruiting and Retention NCO's assigned to the 120th AG Battalion (Reception) and the Basic Combat Training Brigades on Ft Jackson. The Army National Guard's support of the AG School, Soldier Support Institute and Fort Jackson is important and mutually beneficial. The ARNG is projected to utilize over 30% of the total seat allocations within the AG School during FY15.
C. Other Significant Events.
1. Foreign Visitor: BG Soonho Son, the Chief of budget manager in the department of military strength ROK Headquarters, visited the Financial Management School (FMS). During his time at the Soldier Support Institute, BG Son had an office call with the Soldier Support Institute (SSI) Commander. The Deputy Commandant of the FMS, along with the staff provided an overview of the FMS and initiatives within the Finance Corps. Prior to coming to the FMS BG Son visited the Army Budget Office (ABO) Assistant Secretary to the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) and they provided a broad based brief on three subject areas: 1) The role of the ABO in relation to ASA (FM&C); 2) Army Budget Formulation; and 3) Army Budget Execution processes. At the conclusion of the brief, BG Son had a brief visit with the Military and Principal Deputies of the ASA (FM&C) in their offices.
2. Force Design Division (FDD).
a. Corps/Division Staff Function/Role Review. TRADOC/Combined Arms Center (CAC) tasked each proponent to review the Corps/Division staff functions/roles for accuracy and relevancy and to prepare a doctrinal slide supporting the staff section's functions. SSI completed and submitted its review of the G1/G8 functions/roles performed at the Corps and Division levels including a doctrinal slide supporting those tasks. Way ahead is to monitor Corps/Division model experimentation results and participate in the reclama adjudication board.
b. Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) 2017. The SSI CDID/Force Design (FD) Division is currently participating in the course of action development focused on a 25% reduction in the TSC HQs. The TSC has a target of 98 spaces to meet the CSA mandate of a 25% reduction in every 2-star command and above. Way ahead is to participate in upcoming in-progress reviews and determine the impact and risks associated with the reduction of any CMF 36 and 42 spaces supporting the TSC HQs staff sections.
D. Significant Challenges.
Delay in United States Army School of Music (USASOM) Renovations: Design flaws in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems for both USASOM's primary training facility and the newly allocated rehearsal annex will force training to remain in current swing spaces for at least an additional eight weeks. Renovations to the primary training building are scheduled to finish in Aug 14 with rehearsal annex completion projected for Oct 14.
E. Upcoming Event/s.
3. 28 Feb 14 SSI Leadership Dev Program
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The Warfighter Training Support Package, Perform Disbursing Operations has been posted to the Army Training Network website https://atn.army.mil. It is in an Adobe Portfolio containing material pertaining to Postal Support at the Human Resources Sustainment Center (HRSC) level for AC/RC units.
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RRS now graduates all students in the ASU or Class A's with all awards. ALL STUDENTS must bring their DA Form 348 or OF 346 Military Drivers License.
School students are prohibited from bringing privately owned weapons to school.
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