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Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA): Sgt. Maj. of the Army visits DISA, addresses hot-topics with Army enlisted force

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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey received a Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS) mission brief, toured the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Command Center, and met with DISA soldiers during a visit to the agency’s headquarters July 27.

UVDS is a DISA-provided capability that enables intelligence analysts to view live, full-motion video feeds collected by manned and unmanned aerial platforms.

Dailey, a career infantry soldier, spoke about the importance of communications and information technology.

“We have a superior technical advantage over our adversaries because of the work that you do here at DISA,” Dailey said. “Soldiers see the live feeds all the time, and we don’t always realize all it takes to make it work, but we know it works.”

As sergeant major of the Army, Dailey is the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force.

The sergeant major fielded questions from DISA’s enlisted force about the Army’s future and was also asked about the Army’s on bringing back the World War-II era “pinks and greens” service dress uniform. Touted as the best uniform the Army has ever fielded, Army officers wore the iconic uniform from the early ’30s to the early ’50s.

The decision regarding use of the uniform, which proponents believe will strengthen pride, bolster recruiting, and enhance readiness, is not final. However, Dailey explained the purpose for adopting the iconic uniform is to recognize the professionalism of the men and women who serve in the Army, and to pay homage to past generations of soldiers.

Dailey said the American people are accustomed to seeing soldiers in the Army Combat Uniform, but not in the dress uniform, so people may be unaware the Army has highly skilled information technology specialists, like the soldiers who serve at DISA.

“It’s all about trying to change the image and perception of the American soldier in the eyes of the American people,” Dailey said. “Most of the World War II soldiers who wore that uniform in the past are not alive today, but their children will still recognize it. They will have no doubt the person wearing the uniform is an American soldier. There is no mistaking it because there were millions of American soldiers walking around back then.”

If the uniform is officially fielded, Dailey explained, every enlisted soldier will receive it at no cost, and, soldiers will have the option to keep their “Class A” blue Army Service Uniform.

Another topic the sergeant major addressed is the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT).

Earlier this summer, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper released the Army Vision for 2028, which explains how the Army will adapt to retain its tactical advantage over its adversaries.

Included in the series of objectives is a plan to develop and retain high quality, physically fit, mentally tough soldiers who can deploy, fight, and win decisively on any future battlefield.

As a result the Army developed the ACFT, which is designed to reduce costs and injuries from physical exercise, while better preparing soldiers for the physical demands of combat.

The Army’s current physical fitness test only measures a soldier’s muscular and aerobic endurance. The new test measures muscular strength and endurance, power, speed, agility, aerobic endurance, balance, flexibility, coordination, and reaction time.

The ACFT will retain the two-mile run, as well as incorporate five additional gender and age-neutral events:

  • Strength deadlift.
  • Standing power throw.
  • Hand-release pushups.
  • Sprint/drag/carry.
  • Leg tuck.

Each event will be scored based on a possible 100 points for a total of 600 points. The physical demands of a soldier’s military occupational specialty will determine his or her minimum test score.

The Army will test the ACFT in its battalions before fully implementing the program by October 2020.

“If you’re in shape, it’s not going to be a problem. If you’re not in shape, you need to start training for this, and you need to get in shape,” Dailey said.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (center) poses with soldiers wearing the proposed Army “pinks and greens” service dress uniform on Capitol Hill in early 2018. Dailey told DISA soldiers the Army is interested in bringing back the historical uniforms in an effort to pay homage to past generations of soldiers.

 

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