HEIDELBERG, Germany — While top leaders will provide keynote addresses throughout the Army’s three-day symposium in Heidelberg this week, and unit and hardware displays will pack the expo grounds, “the real meat of the whole thing,” says organizer Maj. Tammy McKenna, will come in more than a dozen panel discussions.

Most panels will include a senior officer, a junior officer, senior enlisted and junior enlisted soldiers who will make presentations of their experiences — and lessons learned the hard way — in Iraq.

The panels include:


• Victory Sappers — V Corps/CJTF engineers in support of OIF.

• TF Bandit — The defeat of “Jaysh al Mehdi” militia in Karbala.

• Divarty — Taming Zone 18: Artillerymen Adapt.

• SETAF — Full spectrum operations at the battalion task force level.


• V Corps Artillery — Command and Control of task force operations across the theater.

• 2nd Brigade Combat Team — Striker Scimitar: the Battle for al Kut.

• Division Engineers — The Iron Sappers in Combat: From assured mobility to base camp construction.

• G-2: Adapting the Cold War intelligence system.


• 2nd BCT — Multi-dimensional approach to complex urban operations.

• 2nd ACR — Balancing combat, information, and civil-military operations in Baghdad.

• DISCOM — Turing Around America’s Tank Division.

• 4th Brigade — Air-ground integration: The Eagle Brigade in close combat.

Additionally, repeating all three days will be presentations from a variety of speakers and groups, including three “homefront” panel discussions centering on family life during deployment.

The panels include:

• Rear detachment

• Re-integration

• Family Readiness Groups

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