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Battalion Tactical Department

CCBT-73.JPGThe Battalion Tactical Department (BTD) oversees the military training of the cadet candidates while they are at USMAPS.  
The BTD begins training on the very first day the cadet candidates arrive with a four-week candidate orientation called Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During this period of time, cadet candidates learn basic military skills such as drill and ceremonies, military courtesies (i.e. saluting), recognizing ranks, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, etc.
Cadet candidates also learn the Army Values; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Cadet candidates are also instructed on the values systems of West Point and West Point Prep.
Cadet Candidate Basic Training culminates with an eight-day Field Training Exercise. Training includes land navigation, familiarization with the M-4 rifle, and various obstacle courses.
Military training does not end after Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During the academic year, the BTD continues training in other areas. Those areas include leadership development, ethics,
personal development and peer leadership.

First Sergeant

William Coultry 

1SG Coultry, William, R. joined the United States Army in July 1998 from the small town of Smithville, Ga. After completing Armor Crewman, One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was assigned to 1st BN, 72 Armor Camp Casey, Korea. In 1999 1SG Coultry arrived at Fort Lewis, Washington and served in several positions to include Anti-tank Gunner and Mobile Gun System Gunner. 
               1SG Coultry arrived to Fort Stewart, GA in 2001 and was assigned as a Tank Gunner with C Co 3rd BN 69th Armor Regiments, later to be assigned as the Company Master Gunner with the C Co2nd BN, 7th Infantry. During his time with the 3rd Infantry Division, 1SG Coultry performed three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
               In 2008 1SG Coultry was nominated to work as a Weapons Specialist with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-OSE, he later took over as Team NCOIC for a six person inspection/escort team, performing work with the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, the Vienna Document of 1999 and Dayton Peace Accords.
               Upon return to the Continental United States in 2010, 1SG Coultry was assigned to the 2nd Bn, 34th Armor Regiment in Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as a platoon sergeant during his time at Fort Riley and did one deployment to Afghanistan. His most recent assignment was as the TAC NCO with G Co, 1st Regiment, West Point, NY. The past year has been spent mentoring and preparing Cadets to be Officers in the United States Army.
               Throughout his time in the Army, 1SG Coultry has completed several professional development schools to include Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff and M1/M1A1 Abrams Master Gunner. His awards include; Bronze Star Medal- 3OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor- 1OLC, Army Commendation Medal- 3OLC and Army Achievement Medal- 4OLC and the Combat Action Badge.