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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:30 am

Leader development, training under budget constraints and preparing the force for the future were among the topics of discussion as the Association of the United States Army annual meeting continued Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

“The one thing we all know is our ability to predict the future is not very good, and the best way to overcome that is with leaders who are adaptive, who are capable,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said during a panel on leader development, according to Defense News.

One way leaders are growing is through training for regionally aligned force missions, said Gen. Daniel Allyn, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, during a discussion panel on the Army’s new initiative.

Training for a rotation as a regionally aligned force will “provide critical expertise amongst our leaders and soldiers in our formations,” said Allyn, a former 1st Cavalry Division commander. “It contributes to a predictable, efficient way of preparing our forces, preparing our soldiers, and preparing to meet the needs of combatant commanders,” he said.

The ability of units to conduct decisive action rotations at combat training centers was also discussed. Allyn said the Army likely will only be able to put one regionally aligned brigade through this combat training this year due to tightening budgets, Defense News reported.

Both the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and 3rd Cavalry Regiment have said they are training for National Training Center rotations at the start of the new year. Aside from training initiatives, other forums held in conjunction with the annual meeting discussed future family and health initiatives taking shape within the Army. Today is the last day of the conference.

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