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Army moves all truck driver training to Fort Wood

June 1, 2009 by Truckdrivernews · Leave a Comment 

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — If you’re going to be a truck driver for the U.S. Army, you’re now going to train in the Ozarks.

Fort Leonard Wood became the exclusive home of the Army’s Motor Transport Operator (88M10) Advanced Individual Training School on May 1. This move consolidates the training missions of the 1-56th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Leonard Wood’s 58th Transportation Battalion’s Motor Transport Operator Course into one center of excellence.

The decision to move all Army transporter training to one location was a result of a discretionary move approved by the Army’s vice chief of staff to adjust minor second order effect difficulties created by a decision made as part of the Base Realignment and Closure of 2005.

“This consolidation allows all 88M10 Soldiers to receive first-class training in one location, under one chain of command in order to become the best combat transporter possible,” said Lt. Col. Glenn Baca, 58th Transportation Battalion commander.

Although the mission is a vast responsibility, the 58th Transportation Battalion and Fort Leonard Wood are prepared to train all of the Army’s transporters and are geared up to improve 88M10 training, Baca said.

Some initiatives that Baca and his staff have introduced include: Integrated Instruction Teams, which close the gap between Instructor to Soldier ratios and actual learning in support of Outcomes Based Training Initiatives; Crew-Served Convoy Live Fire Exercise, which adds theater relevancy to the training; Off-post Convoy Operations, which immeasurably builds new drivers’ confidence; and the June 2009 introduction of the new Reconfigurable Virtual Tactical Trainer set as an upgrade to the Virtual Convoy Combat Trainer.

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