Reflections on Building Great Engineers
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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Capturing observations has always been part of our military history. Today s engineers are learning historic lessons as our military conducts domestic and overseas contingency operations, and it is imperative that we, as a professional community, capture these lessons for future use. However, the valuable lessons from operational deployments or training exercises often are not captured. Most United States Army engineers appreciate reading a quality after-action report AAR before a project or mission. Our Army knows this and has made significant progress in knowledge management. Indeed, it has been more than 22 years since the establishment of the Center for Army Lessons Learned CALL, an organization that has amassed an unequaled body of knowledge for the military. Other Services and most Army branches have followed suit. The 249th Engineer Battalion Prime Power hosts a collection of electrical lessons learned under Lion Lessons, an online body of knowledge named in honor of the battalion s nickname, the Black Lions. With nearly 300 members, Lion Lessons is part of the Power and Utilities Operations Professional Forum in the Army s Battle Command Knowledge System. From field expedient AARs to popular online collaborative sites such as www.companycommand.army.mil, the official structures for sharing lessons learned still rely on leaders capturing their thoughts and reflections.
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