TRADOC Capability Managers Field Artillery Brigade – DIVARTY (FAB-D)

Chief, FAB-D


COL David R. Lewis`

Colonel David R. Lewis enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard in 1986. In 1992 Colonel Lewis was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery through the ROTC program. After receiving his initial training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Colonel Lewis was assigned to the Berlin Brigade, Echo Battery, and 320th Field Artillery Regiment. There he served as a Company Fires Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer and Battery Executive Officer. Upon deactivation, Colonel Lewis was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery in the 1st Armored Division at Kirchgöns, Germany. Colonel Lewis served as a Company Fires Support Officer and Firing Battery Platoon Leader and deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of IFOR.

Colonel Lewis reported back to Fort Sill for the Officer Advanced Course and then was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as a Battalion Task Force Fire Support Officer with 2nd Battalion 70th Armored Regiment, Battalion S1 and Commander, Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment. After command Colonel Lewis was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 85th Training Support Division at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin where he served as a Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer.

Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College, Colonel Lewis was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he served as the Executive Officer. Upon deactivation Colonel Lewis was assigned to the 6th Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III as the Battalion Operations Officer. Upon redeployment he assumed the duties as the Battalion Executive Officer. Colonel Lewis was then assigned as the Chief of Plans and Operations Division, Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He commanded the 1st Battalion 78th Field Artillery at Fort Sill and then served as the Field Artillery Enlisted Branch Chief at the U.S. Army Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, KY. He then attended the U.S. Army Senior Service College at Carlisle Barracks PA. Colonel Lewis deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and served as the Army Division Chief, Office of Security Cooperation Iraq. Upon return he PCSed to Fort Sill and is now serving as the TRADOC Capabilities Manager for Field Artillery Brigades and Division Artillery (DIVARTY) (TCM FAB-D).

Colonel Lewis’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, NATO Medal and the Parachutist's Badge.

Roles/Responsibilities:

  1. Representing the TRADOC Commanding General, and reporting to the Director, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID), Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE), will act as TRADOC’s centralized manager for all user activities associated with the FAB-D. TCM FAB-D is responsible for integrating, synchronizing, and coordinating effort across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) domains in support of all FABs and DIVARTYs to ensure success on the battlefield. TCM FAB-D coordinates with Army, Joint, and international partners and/or agencies to ensure key areas remain integrated and support operational requirements. TCM FAB-D is also responsible for fielded and developmental field artillery rocket, missile, and radar systems, and is the user advocate and counterpart to associated program managers. TCM FAB-D is responsible for the duties outlined in TRADOC Regulation (TR) 71-12, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Management and TR 71-20, Concept Development, Capabilities Determination, and Capabilities Integration. Assisted by appropriate proponents, other TCMs, CDIDs, Program Executive Offices, and Program and Product Managers, TCM FAB-D will ensure coordination, integration, and development of deliverables to meet Army/organizational capability timelines and milestones. TCM FAB-D will coordinate with capability and training developers, materiel developers, testers and evaluators, major commands and Department of the Army on DOTMLPF solutions and other issues and solutions impacting the FABs and DIVARTYs.

Functions:

  1. Provide input to, and review capabilities documents for assigned capabilities.
  2. DOTMLPF synchronization.
  3. Doctrine. Monitor doctrine to ensure availability and relevance to current and future operations. Monitor lessons learned and ensure they are incorporated into updates of field artillery, FAB and DIVARTY doctrine and/or any modifications to tactics, techniques, and procedures that support the FAB’s and DIVARTY’s capabilities.
  4. Organization. The FAB-D must maintain an organizational balance between deployability, sustainability, and in-theater footprint with lethality, mobility, and survivability. FAB and DIVARTY organizations will evolve as operating environments change. TCM FAB-D must monitor current, proposed, and future tables of organization and equipment to ensure they reflect the needs identified by FAB and DIVARTY organizations. This requires TCM FAB-D to collaborate with FABs and DIVARTYs, TRADOC HQ, proponents, and Department of the Army agencies to ensure the FAB’s and DIVARTY’s organizational structure remains relevant.
  5. Training. Monitor the development of individual and collective combined arms training strategies with FABs, DIVARTYs and TRADOC schools. Monitor TRADOC proponent support for new equipment training for Field Artillery Brigade systems and associated equipment to ensure adequate training procedures are in place to support fielding and institutional training. TCM FAB-D will also monitor low-density specialty training needs throughout the FABs and DIVARTYs.
  6. Materiel. Serve as TRADOC’s primary FAB and DIVARTY stakeholder and user representative for materiel systems development and integration. Coordinate efforts with appropriate TRADOC center capability developers to ensure FAB and DIVARTY capabilities are considered during materiel development activities. Monitor developmental efforts, systems fielding, and test efforts to ensure that approved operational requirements are properly addressed in requests for proposals (RFPs). The TCM will proactively communicate with Program Executive Office – Missiles and Space, PD C-RAM, PD PFRMS, PM Radar, PM PGMR, and PM FAL to ensure all RFPs get a crosswalk with capability development/capability production documents prior to RFP release, regardless of acquisition category. Provide input to proponent schools, Program Managers, and HQDA G-8 during the development of program objective memorandum, prioritization of planned upgrades (1-N list), and future research and development efforts. Holistically monitor DOTMLPF impacts associated with fielding systems to FABs and DIVARTYs.
  7. Leadership and Education. Coordinate with FABs, DIVARTYs, and TRADOC institutions to ensure leader and professional development courses are relevant and available to FAB and DIVARTY Soldiers.
  8. Personnel. Coordinate with FABs, DIVARTYs, and TRADOC proponents, and Department of the Army organizations to review and update FAB and DIVARTY personnel force structure.
  9. Facilities. Coordinate with all FAB and DIVARTY basing locations, to include TRADOC schools and test centers, to ensure a common understanding of required rocket, missile, and radar systems maintenance and training facilities (i.e., simulation centers) and combined arms training and live fire range requirements to conduct FAB and DIVARTY training.
  10. Support System Life Cycle Management.

Primary Stakeholder and Army user representative for the following fielded systems:

  1. M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
  2. M270 and M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
  3. MLRS Rockets and Missiles (free-flight, guided, and Army Tactical Missile System variants)
  4. AN/TPQ-36 Radar System.
  5. AN/TPQ-37 Radar System
  6. AN/TPQ-50 Radar System.
  7. AN/TPQ-53 Radar System.
  8. Future rocket, missile, and radar developmental systems.
  9. Additional Areas of Emphasis.

Scalable Capabilities

In coordination with FCoE Concepts and Requirements Development Divisions, the FAB-D will continue to pursue scalable capabilities and options enabling further limiting of collateral damage during the execution of full spectrum operations. TCM FAB-D must continue to ensure that it acts as the “honest broker” for the different materiel solutions that will be presented for integration into the FABs and DIVARTYs. Where appropriate, TCM FAB-D must address and integrate the DOTMLPF solutions that must accompany any nonlethal materiel under consideration


  1. Long range precision fires capability.
  2. Gap Analysis. TCM FAB-D will update FAB and DIVARTY capability gaps based on feedback from FAB and DIVARTY commanders, and perform a FAB and DIVARTY DOTMLPF assessment to determine possible solutions that mitigate or eliminate these gaps. This work will inform the capability needs analysis process as well as capability and organizationally based assessments, experiments, and other analyses, both internal and external to TRADOC.
  3. Network Integration. Keep abreast on the system integration and interoperability challenges to gain net-centricity with the Army network. Work toward the end state of integrated fires platforms and sensors.
  4. Human Dimension. Ensure, when possible, common user interfaces for like systems to reduce training burden and enhance ease of operation.