TRADOC Capability Managers Brigade Combat Team Fires (TCM BCT Fires)

Chief, TCM-BCT Fires

COL James J. Bailey

Colonel James J. Bailey was commissioned as a Field Artilleryman in July 1994 upon graduating from Texas Tech University. He holds a B.S. in Engineering and masters in Strategic Studies. COL Bailey’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and Army War College.

COL Bailey’s initial duty assignment was at Fort Hood, Texas with the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment in the 2d Armored Division, which later was re-designated as 3d Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment in the 4th Infantry Division. He held various duty positions to include Battery Fire Direction Officer, Company Fire Support Officer, Service Battery Executive Officer and Firing Battery Platoon Leader.

After graduating from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1998, COL Bailey was reassigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the 25th Infantry Division. He served as the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and Alpha Battery Commander for the 3d Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment. In 2001, he then served as the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Commander for the 25th Infantry Division Artillery.

In 2002, he was reassigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida where he served as the Fire Support Plans and Operations Officer for the Joint Combat Identification Evaluation Team (JCIET) until 2004.

Upon completion of United States Army Command and General Staff College in 2005, COL Bailey was assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) serving in the Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I) Effects Assessment Cell. Upon returning from OIF, he served as the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery Fire Support Planner until 2007.

In 2007, he was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina serving as the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. In 2007, COL Bailey deployed to Afghanistan in support of CJTF-82 for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

In 2008, COL Bailey was then assigned to the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), Miami, Florida where he served as the Director of Operations for the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) and deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response (OUR).

COL Bailey assumed command of the 2d Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June 2010 and deployed the battalion to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn (OND). He relinquished command in June 2012 and then served as the Chief of Fires for the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Ft Benning, Georgia.

COL Bailey graduated from the US Army War College in 2014 and is currently serving as the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager for Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Fires at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Deputy, TCM-BCT Fires

Mr. William E. Field

Mr. William (Will) Field is the Deputy TCM BCT Fires for the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, Fires Center of Excellence. He has held this position since 2014. His previous civilian assignments include: Chief Targeting Systems and Fire Support, TCM Fires Cells 2011-12; and Chief, Network Integration Evaluation 2012-14, all positions in the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, FCoE.

Prior to his government civilian service Mr. Field served in the US. Army for over 22 years. This service began with his enlistment in the Army Reserve in 1983 and his subsequent commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1986. His military service included assignments in direct support light and heavy cannon artillery battalions and on various Artillery programs following his transition to the Acquisition Corps in 1997. He achieved the rank of Colonel and retired in 2011. Following his retirement he worked for a defense industry partner until he started his government civilian service.

His civilian and military education includes: Bachelors of Science in Business Management; Masters of Acquisition Management; Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advance Courses; Combined Arms Staff College; Command and General Staff College; Materiel Acquisition Management; Program Management Office Course (Level III); and Society of Logistics Engineers Certified Professional Logistician (CPL).

Will and his wife Cathy have three children and two grandchildren


  1. Serves as TRADOC's centralized manager for all user activities associated with assigned organization(s) per TRADOC charter. Responsible for integrating, synchronizing and coordinating efforts across doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities domains and policy implications (DOTMLPF-P) in support of the chartered Brigade Combat Team Field Artillery Battalions and BCT FA battalion field artillery systems to ensure battlefield success.


  1. Executes the duties outlined in TRADOC Regulation (TR) 71-12, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Capability Management and TR 71-20, Concept Development, Capabilities Determination, and Capabilities Integration.
  2. Coordinates and receives assistance from applicable force modernization proponent capability developers, TCMs, materiel developers, testers, Army commands, the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and the Department of the Army on DOTMLPF-P required capabilities, gaps, solutions and issues affecting capabilities, materiel development, fielding, deployment, sustainment, and disposal of assigned capabilities.
  3. Ensures human system integration (HIS) is integrated into the system acquisition process as early as possible, that dependencies with other programs and/or organizations are identified and assessed, and that an audit trail of HIS issues and concerns is provided in appropriate program documentation.

Specific Responsibilities (per 9 July 2014 Charter):

  1. Serve as the primary stakeholder and user representative for all current and developmental: Field artillery howitzers, associated ammunition support vehicles, and associated system trainers. 155mm and 105mm howitzer munitions (primers, propelling charges, projectiles, and fuses). Field Artillery survey systems including aiming circles).
  2. Provides lifecycle oversight for all field artillery howitzers, associated ammunition support vehicles, and associated system trainers; all 155mm and 105mm howitzer munitions, and all survey systems.