Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey received a Unified Video Dissemination System mission brief, toured the Defense Information Systems Agency Command Center, and met with DISA Soldiers during a visit to the agency’s headquarters at Fort George G. Meade July 27.
The 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.
‘Pinks and Greens’
The sergeant major fielded questions from DISA’s enlisted force about the Army’s future and was also asked about the Army’s thoughts 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 said, every enlisted soldier will receive it at no cost. 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.
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.
Army Combat Fitness Test
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 physical fitness test only measures 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 2-mile run, as well as incorporate five additional gender and age-neutral events:
- Strength deadlift
- Standing power throw
- Hand-release pushups
- 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 the 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,” Dailey said. “If you’re not in shape, you need to start training for this, and you need to get in shape.”
‘An important symbol within the Army’
Fort Meade’s Judge Advocate General Corps celebrated JAG’s 243rd birthday on July 26 with a ceremonial birthday cake at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
Lt. Col. Jeri Hanes, the new staff judge advocate, briefly reflected on the JAG Corps’ national importance before cutting the cake with a sword and thanking everyone for attending.
“Across the Army, it is a tradition of the JAG Corps to mark the birthday,” Hanes said after the celebration. “There are offices (across the country) that held similar celebrations.”
The OSJA at Fort Meade includes about 32 attorneys and paralegals who provide full legal assistance services to eligible community members, in addition to its administrative law and claims divisions.
Before arriving at Fort Meade this month, Hanes worked on military personnel law in the Pentagon. Before then she served as chief of justice at I Corps 2014-15 and as deputy SJA for the 7th Infantry Division 2013-14, both at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
“I think it’s an important time to recognize that we live in a country based on the rule of law,” Hanes said. “The JAG Corps birthday is an important symbol of that within the Army.”
-- By Cody Davis
Compiled by staff of the Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs office. For more information about what is happening on Fort Meade, visit www.ftmeade.army.mil and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ftmeade.