Fort Polk Guardian 10-25-2019

FORT MEADE, Md. — While the Army Com- bat Fitness Test will be the largest overhaul in as- sessing a Soldier’s physical fitness in nearly 40 years, it is just one part of the Army’s new health push, says the service’s top holistic health officer. Holistic health and fitness Holistic Health and Fitness is a multifaceted strategy to not only ace the ACFT, but improve Soldier individual wellness, Properly trained To overmatch the enemy in multi-domain op- erations, Soldiers must demonstrate the superior physical fitness required for combat by training properly in all aspects of holistic fitness, includ- ing the ACFT. Be well rested Neglecting sleep can take a negative toll on the body. Adequate sleep can improve productivity, emotional balance, brain and heart health, the immune system and vitality, according to the Na- tional Institutes of Health. For maximum opti- mization, officials encourage Soldiers to get at least eight hours of sleep. Eat right “How we get up and feel in the morning, how we recover from exercise, how we utilize energy throughout the day, is all optimized through un- derstanding, and implementing, proper nutri- tion,” said Maj. Brenda Bustillos, a dietician at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Soldiers “should always train to fight,” Bustil- los said. Nourishment immediately before an ACFT is also important. “Soldiers should never start the day on an empty tank,” she said. Clear your mind When you toe the line on test day, it’s natural to feel anxiety. Before the stopwatch starts, Sol- diers should clear their minds, take a deep breath and try thinking positively. Army news Experts say ACFT is one part of holistic health, fitness By T.HOMAS BRADING Army News Service WASHINGTON — Soldiers could be working more closely with the Air Force in the near fu- ture. As the U.S. military looks to maintain its strategic advantage over near-peer adversaries Russia and China, convergence among the Army and Air Force has quickly become a tenet of the multi-do- main concept, a senior Army leader said Oct. 15. “What I think we’re finding … in terms of our experiences in war games with our Air Force counterparts, is there’s an increasing mutual de- pendence on the capabilities in order to establish, regain or maintain air superiority,” said Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, Army Futures Command deputy commander, during an Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition panel. Russia and China present notably different strategic challenges, Wesley said, and both have engaged in what leaders have called multiple layers of standoff in a contested multi-domain battle space. In order to combat those potential deadlocks, Wesley cited as an example, the Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II combined with the Army’s long- range precision fires and lower earth orbit satel- lites could create a capability that peer adver- saries cannot match. “That allows you to control the air through mutual supported effort with convergence,” Wes- ley said. “That multi-domain activity [could cre- ate] convergence of fires at a time and place of our choosing,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Fantini, director of the Air Force’s warfighting in- tegration capability. “We want to do that at a scale and speed that we’ve not seen in the past.” In recent months, Army leaders have dis- cussed the possibility of greater joint efforts in combat operations to effectively compete with near-peer adversaries. Wesley has met with Fan- tini during the past year to discuss how conver- gence between the two services can strengthen the joint force. Fantini said that competing in multi-domain operations challenges U.S. forces to think multi- laterally. “When you look at space, air (and) cyber capabil- ities, and the ability to see that from a large per- spective … and the same with foundational nu- clear deterrence, you can’t wish that away,” Fan- tini said. “Those foundational capabilities that are afforded to the joint force are not inconse- quential in our society. … I think we need to have a more thoughtful engagement strategy and exe- cution strategy on exactly how we execute in the grey zone.” Fantini said a combined air operations center provides the blueprint for successfully combin- ing joint capabilities. He added that the joint chiefs have agreed that the services must place greater focus on command and control. Wesley said that the U.S. military will need to lean close- ly on command and control capabilities due to the complexity of combat missions with near peers. “The battlefield that we envision is so hyper- active, I would argue there’s still going to be things that are unknown and unknowable,” Wes- ley said. “A battlefield that is as hyperactive as we describe will require us to leverage mission command on a scale that our generation has nev- er seen.” In order to achieve victory, Wesley said the U.S. must maintain its competitive edge, or the status quo, and the Army must continually adapt to the changing battlefield. Wesley identified three objectives for victory in the competitive battlespace: • The Army must counter conventional war- fare and cyberattacks. The Army has placed a greater emphasis on shoring up its cybercapabili- ties, assigning special defense cyber teams in- cluding those of the National Guard. • The second is operational preparation of the environment. • For the third, Wesley said the Army must demonstrate deterrence. “If you want to win a rapid conflict … you have to be actively engaged in identifying the overall battle of your opponent every single day,” Wesley said. AFC deputy: Combined capabilities make military might more lethal By JOSEPH LACDAN Army News Service 4/ Guardian Oct. 25, 2019 SGT. KYLE ALVAREZ / ARMY NEWS SERVICE