Story and photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault
4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Combat lifesaver qualification, combatives level one and weapons training are the norm for Soldiers in-processing at the Aviation Mission Readiness Integration Company on Fort Carson.
AMRIC is a 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, reception company that was formed to help Soldiers in-process the brigade and get mandatory training before reporting to their units.
“In addition to regular in-processing, we get Soldiers trained,” said Staff Sgt. Keron Wilkerson, AMRIC operations noncommissioned officer. “We train them to be mission-ready. This allows their leaders to concentrate on advancing them in their jobs rather than basic Soldier tasks.”
Col. Robert T. Ault, commander, 4th CAB, said he believes in a total Soldier philosophy which is seated on basic foundations facilitated in AMRIC.
“We are setting up a leader-centric culture that is firmly grounded in the Army Values,” said Ault. “AMRIC allows us to get to know our new leaders and they, in turn, get to know us and our standards. We certify our best leaders through the process of selecting, training and trusting them. AMRIC also facilitates the development of the culture we are trying to deliberately create by helping privates to battalion commanders understand the CAB’s philosophy and be able to do basic Soldier tasks before going to their subordinate units.”
Similarly, Command Sgt. Maj. Antoine Duchatelier Jr., senior enlisted leader, 4th CAB, said Soldiers’ and their leaders’ time should be spent more on advancing their skills when they get to their battalion rather than working on the basics.
“It is the responsibility of leaders to enforce standards at all times, however you cannot enforce what you don’t know,” said Duchatelier. “We must at all times strive to maintain our proficiency and that of our Soldiers in our warrior tasks and battle drills. No opportunity to train will be wasted. AMRIC allows the CAB to conduct basic Soldier tasks by providing realistic and relevant training which help our leaders effectively coach and mentor their subordinates.”
4th CAB’s subordinate commanders said they find going through AMRIC helpful and have never seen anything like it at the brigade level.
“I just arrived to the CAB and I’m about to take command of Company B, 404th Aviation Support Battalion,” said Maj. Chris Finnigan, CH-47 Chinook pilot, 4th CAB. “AMRIC takes a large burden of the training that the companies and battalions would have to do. Going through AMRIC allows me to know what kind of Soldier I am getting when I take command.”
Newly arriving Soldiers said they are surprised by the amount of training they are receiving and would like more training to be added to AMRIC.
“I just came from Fort Riley, Kan., and I’ve never seen an integration company at the brigade level,” said Spc. Codey McDowell, wheeled vehicle mechanic, 4th CAB. “I’ve been in AMRIC for almost a month. We are getting beneficial training, and I believe Soldiers are going to be more than prepared to do their jobs when they get to their subordinate units. I hope that they add more training for future Soldiers arriving to the CAB.”