In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army does not stop its missions and operations, including educating and training its future officers.
On April 29, LTG Daniel Karbler, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command, and Steve Pierce, SMDC chief technology officer, were remote guest speakers for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Karbler planned to visit West Point in person, but the school switched to conducting classes remotely amid the pandemic. He spoke via videoconference from his home office to two space physics classes, instructed by LTC Diana Loucks, West Point professor, the Research Program director, and director of the Space and Missile Defense Command Research and Analysis Center in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.
Pierce started off the class discussing the history and technology of Army space. Karbler followed him discussing the operational aspects of the command. He explained how the pandemic has impacted SMDC and told the cadets how his team was overcoming the obstacles created by teleworking, wearing masks and staying tuned in to the Department of Defense, the Army and regional guidance. Read more.