GW Meets with U.S. Army Training Command

TRADOC Meeting Photo
CMS Davenport with GW Faculty
July 07, 2016

On Wednesday, July 6th , GW’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs hosted the senior enlisted member of Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Command Sergeant Major David S. Davenport to discuss a possible partnership between GW and the Army to help further the secondary education of enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to CSM Davenport, the TRADOC party included Dr. Aubrey Butts, former sergeant major and current director of the Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development.

GW was represented by Dr. Andy Sonn, Assistant Dean of Students, Deane Highby, Chief of Staff of the OMVA, Stephanie Erwin, Program Manager for the OMVA, Devin Belzer, Senior Program Coordinator of Veteran Student Services. Schools within GW were represented by Dr. Lisa Stephenson, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services at the Elliot School, Toni Marsh, Program Director and Associate Professor in the College of Professional Studies, and Gretchen M. Wiersma, Clinical Instructor in the School of Nursing.

CSM Davenport served in the Army for thirty years before assuming his current position as the Command Sergeant Major of TRADOC. One of CMS Davenport’s responsibilities is maintaining and improving the training and education of Army enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers.

The purpose of the visit was to begin a discussion on how GW could help the Army evaluate its proposed programs to enhance the secondary education of enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers.  TRADOC’s visit to GW included several meetings and a tour of the campus. Topics included the Army’s current system of educating its soldiers, and future cooperative programs.

Both GW and the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command are excited for the progress to continue. Hopefully one day soon, GW and its Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will be able to continue its mission of serving those who have served America, by providing even more veterans and service-members with GW’s premier education.