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Master Sgt. Bernard L. Jones, of the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, instructs 174th infantry students attending the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Course, at the Distance Learning Facility, ASA-Fort Dix. The course was also being taught simultanously at five other installations.

Master Sgt. Bernard L. Jones, of the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, instructs 174th infantry students attending the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Course, at the Distance Learning Facility, ASA-Fort Dix.The course was also being taught simultanously at five other installations.(Images by David Moore/ASA Dix)

174th Infantry Brigade NCOs get battle focus

Soldiers of the 174th Infantry Brigade, are attending the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course at the United States Army Support Activity's Digital Training Facility managed by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization's schools activity. (Images by David Moore/ASA Dix)


Sgt. 1st Class Troy Hershberger, of the 174th Infantry Brigade reviews Battle Focus training materials at the ASA-Dix Distance Learning Center.

Master Sgt. Bernard L. Jones, of the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, through video-tele-training, instructed simultaneous classes with six other installations. Sgt. 1st Class, Shane Stankiewicz, an assistant instructor with the 174th for the course, explained the training is being conducted in a small group leader fashion and 16 Soldiers are in attendance.


The month-long Battle Staff NCO course prepares staff sergeants through sergeants’ majors of the tactical art of conducting and managing synchronized staff operations.

The Dix Digital Training Facility (DTF) at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst consists of 39 computers and complementary video tele-training equipment (VTT). The facility can accommodate up to 39 students at a time, or it can be partitioned to make three 13 person classrooms.

The DTF provides soldiers with a location to access web-based, job related and professional courses. VTT provides a live training forum for instructor-student classroom interaction in multiple locations. The VTT system uses pre-programmed cameras to zoom in on students with questions for realistic class discussions.

The Digital Training Facility includes:

To schedule the DFT call 609-562-4477/4475.