Fort Leonard Wood schools earn accreditation from U.S. Army

The Fort Leonard Wood Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and its organizations passed a mandatory on-site and remote evaluation, and renewed its accreditation by the Department of the Army on Feb. 10.

"This really represents some of our best work, because it is our entire team working in a patient and disciplined way over three years to make the entire accreditation a success," Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, said, according to Fort Leonard Wood Guidon.

The army engineer and military police schools received full accreditation status, and the CBRN school received an Institution of Excellence rating. The MSCoE Noncommissioned Officer Academy received its second consecutive IOE rating, Fort Leonard Wood Guidon reports.

"The overall results showed marked improvement over 2010," David Dunstedter, the MSCoE Quality Assurance Office chief, said, according to Fort Leonard Wood Guidon. "Although the ceremony and the two-week accreditation visit in July of 2013 were the visible events, the real hard work was back in 2012 when our five organizations completed their self-assessments."

The team of 16 on-site and 12 off-site evaluators were assembled from the Combined Arms Center, Initial Military Training and TRADOC headquarters, and were led by TRADOC QAU Acting Director Chris Rader.

"We looked at most everything that touches the Soldiers (in training)," Rader said, Fort Leonard Wood Guidon reports. "We looked at how training and education are developed and how the students trained. We try and focus our snapshots on the outcomes of the training."

Off-site evaluators were able to use teleconference, telephone and computer-based tools to complete their reviews from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Fort Eustis, Va.

"This paid big dividends, because it was the first time that TRADOC had merged both on-site and remote evaluators into a single accreditation," MSCoE QAO Roy Jenkins said, according to Fort Leonard Wood Guidon.