Onsite paves way for FORSCOM Campaign Plan, a road ahead to Army of 2020
February 10, 2012
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2012) The United States Army Forces Command concluded its Onsite here at the headquarters to facilitate the development of the FORSCOM Campaign Plan.
Over the two-and-one-half day Onsite, senior leaders and staff built the foundation for a consolidated approach to achieve the campaign plan.
The final product developed over the next month will produce a written product for the enduring aspects of the plan and maintain the dynamic aspects through a networked approach.
"The Army is going through lots of changes here," said Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the FORSCOM commanding general, during his opening remarks.
"What we've got to do is get ahead of it. We've got to stay ahead of it. We've got to help drive it. And we've got to help the Department (of the Army) get through it because when we get out to 2020, it'll be some of the things we do now and across that time period that gets us to the place we need to be."
"The FORSCOM Campaign Plan is more than a document," Rodriguez emphasized. "It is an approach to achieving our end state."
The 75 participants included the FORSCOM Headquarters staff leadership and Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., the director of the Army National Guard, and Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, commanding general of First Army.
During several breakout sessions, subject-matter-expert groups focused on lines of effort to determine supporting objectives and began development of critical tasks necessary to achieve the overall campaign objectives.
"The Onsite provided a great forum to gather full staff opinion and perspective for input to the FORSCOM Campaign Plan," said Col. Beth Thelen, communication integrator, Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command.
The Onsite established a way ahead by setting deadlines over the next several weeks for key elements of the plan.
"Breakout sessions gave us a chance to brainstorm campaign objectives, major goals and critical tasks in support of the campaign plan lines of effort," said Thelen, "Now, as our senior leaders said, these sessions lead to even more work to complete the task of publishing an operational FORSCOM Campaign Plan."
The FORSCOM Campaign Plan is designed to provide:
• The commanding general's vision for 2020.
• A framework to ensure ready decisive land forces today and help shape readiness to meet emerging requirements.
• Objectives and associated tasks that guide FORSCOM efforts toward the desired end state.
• Focus for FORSCOM staff near- and mid-term efforts and context to subordinate commands.
• Metrics to assess progress of efforts to achieve end state.
• Broad communication guidance.
"We can't stop now," said Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, FORSCOM deputy commanding general and chief of staff, during his remarks concluding the Onsite.
Emphasizing the importance of continuing work over the next several weeks as the Campaign Plan is finalized, Bromberg called for, "making sure our tasks and outcomes are clearly solid and clearly understandable to everyone. If you have good, solid, tasks then your outcomes and metrics will be a lot easier and will enable us to meet the objectives to where we want to go."
The FORSCOM Campaign Plan is slated for publication and dissemination in March 2012.
FORSCOM provides enhanced land power, gaining operational depth and versatility through a mix of fully integrated Active and Reserve Component forces operating in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational environment.