FORT CARSON, Colo. — U.S. business and community leaders participated in this year’s iteration of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) with soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division Oct. 25, 2022, at Fort Carson.
The JCOC is DOD’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program. Established in 1948, it is the only Secretary of Defense-sponsored outreach program that allows American business and community leaders to have a fully immersive experience with their military.
“We want participants to take this experience back to their communities to show what the 4th Infantry Division does, and there’s no better way to explain that than having experienced the Ivy Division. . Trip participants saw firsthand what it means for Army units like the 4th Infantry Division to close down the last yards,” said Melanie Fonder Kaye, Assistant Assistant Secretary of Defense for the strategic commitment.
Upon arrival, JCOC members took part in a grueling fitness challenge, the Mabry Mile. Mabry Mile is a mile long obstacle course named for George L. Mabry Jr., Medal of Honor recipient and former soldier in the ranks of the Ivy Division. The course builds cohesion between teams and tests physical fitness and mental agility.
“I run 10 miles a day and always find the Mabry Mile to be an exceptional challenge,” said Brian Gott, Chief Innovation Officer, The Entertainment Industry Foundation. “I was tired and I didn’t think I would be able to give a good effort in the fights (for the next event). My trail running doesn’t compare to what I’ve experienced here. This is next level stuff. Watching the Ivy Soldiers put on the gear we put on today and complete the tasks was amazing.
The Mabry Mile was followed by combative training by the Army’s Lacerda Cup first- and second-place championship teams. Both elite teams wear the 4ID patch.
“The combative team taught hand-to-hand combat and introduced the combat skills necessary for close combat,” said Col. Andrew Steadman, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Airborne Division. infantry.
JCOC participants arrived at the Ivy Combat Gym where they learned basic grappling techniques, such as the modified clinch drill, and were integrated into scenario training to test their skills.
The day continued with several events including an aerial tour, live firing ranges, small arms training, MedEvac lift operations and explosive demolition. The last event was Medic and Tactical Combat Casualty Care at the Mission Simulation Training Center (MSTC).
Col. Kareem Paul Montague, Deputy Commanding General for 4th Infantry Division Support, said the JCOC allows civilians to learn about the identity of the 4th Infantry Division.
“We want to give civilian influencers in the community an idea of what the Ivy Division and the military is all about,” Montague said. “Some civilians were completely overwhelmed by the expertise of our junior NCOs. It’s Ivy Ready in perfect demonstration.
Louise Firestone, General Counsel, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, described the helicopter ride as liberating and feeling free. Firestone also said she was impressed with the flight crew’s attention to detail and methodical safety standards.
Ed Nelson, CEO of Whataburger, said medical training in the military was quick and worth the experience.
“The military inspires and creates world-class leadership,” Nelson said. “I’ve seen 18-year-old leaders make a difference, and I wish I was that person when I was that age.”
The 93rd JCOC established an unequivocal rapport between military and civilian leadership. JCOC attendees got a brief taste of what it’s like to serve in the U.S. Army and specifically in the 4th Infantry Division.
“We want civilians in academia, sports, industry and entertainment to have an idea of what the military is, this is our general sense of responsibility, what we did today” , Montague said. “Today they lived a day in the life of a soldier, but at the same time, in doing this, the true spirit of the 4th Infantry Division and Private Ivy came through in every way.
“It’s an honor (to host the JCOC),” continued Montague. “We all need to take advantage of an opportunity to expose people to the military who are not normally exposed to it, which is the goal of the JCOC program.