Photo by Staff Sgt. Scott
Maj. Frank Mata, U.S.
Army Intelligence Center and School, left, presents
Col. Ed Willis, 640th Regional Training Institute
commander, with an accreditation certificate at a
Camp Williams ceremony Apr. 8.
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — The
Army now has another place to train Military Intelligence
Soldiers. Active- and Reserve-Component soldiers can now
qualify in Utah as Human Intelligence Collectors (97E),
Counterintelligence Agents (97B) and Intelligence Analysts
Regional Training Institute was formally accredited by the
United States Army Intelligence Center in a Camp Williams
ceremony Apr. 8. Col. Rafael Torres, Chief of Reserve
Forces, and Maj. Frank J. Mata, MI Proponent Title XI
Officer, were in attendance representing Fort Huachuca, home
of the United States Army Intelligence Center and School.
At the ceremony Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet,
Utah National Guard Adjutant General,
thanked the staff and instructors of the 640th
for their hard work to accomplish this monumental task.
“It is a miracle things
like this can happen,” said Tarbet, speaking about the many
obstacles that had to be overcome for anyone outside of Fort
Huachuca to conduct MI courses.
“TRADOC is not a nimble organization,”
Tarbet joked. He was alluding to how the Training and
Doctrine Command worked diligently with the Utah National
Guard and the Military Intelligence Command to allow the 640th
to teach MI courses.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Scott
Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet,
Utah National Guard Adjutant General, left, awards
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Spencer with the Knowlton
Award for his contribution to the success of the
640th RTI's MI training mission.
Having more MI courses “is
good for Soldiers, good for the Nation and good for the
world,” said Tarbet. “This happened because a lot of people
did what the taxpayers pay us to do: Think outside the
Pilot courses began last
summer at the 640th and were the first of their
kind, blending a combination of two classes being taught at
Fort Huachuca: the normal full-length courses for the Active
Component and shortened courses taught to Soldiers deploying
in support of current mobilizations. The outcome was two
courses that were shorter and more intense than the ones
taught at the Active-Component school.
Huachuca Reserve Forces
Chief Torres first started to work with the 640th
in January 2005.
“We made a commitment to
bring two courses to Utah,” said Torres. “The initial
programs of instruction were a 70-percent solution, and
after many long hours of work the staff and instructors came
up with the 100-percent solution.”
Torres was very
enthusiastic about what he called “three very successful MI
classes taught in January.”
He indicated that there
are nine active-duty Soldiers in the round of courses that
started Apr. 7, “showing there is no difference between the
Active and Reserve Components,” said Torres.
Torres believes that this
is just the beginning for the 640th. There are
plans to have Noncommissioned Officer Education System
schools for the MI and more Military Occupational
Photo by Staff Sgt.
Command Sgt. Maj.
Franklin Saunders, right, presents
Col. Ed Willis, 640th
Regional Training Institute, with a Military
Intelligence coin at the accreditation ceremony Apr. 8.
“I knew I was dealing with
a can-do organization within hours of stepping on the ground
at the 640th,” said Mata as he presented the
accreditation certificate to 640th commander Col.
Edward Willis. “The 640th met or—in many
cases—exceeded the standard every time.”
“Today marks the
conclusion of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. The
skills taught here are significant to the war effort,” said
Willis after accepting the certificate. “In my civilian life
I am a physics teacher, so I know a thing a two about
inertia. Inertia is resistance to change. To stand up
these courses was a lot of effort against inertia.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin
Saunders, the top enlisted Soldier in the MI command
Armywide, was also at the ceremony.
“We are going to come to
you for more,” Saunders told the 640th with a
smile. “The Army needs 97E's