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Edition: Tue, March 01, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

America's Army...[is] transforming to meet future threats. We are in the midst of rebuilding our existing Brigade Combat Teams that recently returned from deployment into future Brigade Units of Action: smaller, yet more modular, independent, and powerful units able to plug into theater-level logistics anywhere around the world.

SMA Kenneth O. Preston
Sergeant Major of the Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Modular Force

Creating an Army Modular Force is the Army's major force transformation initiative involving the total redesign of the operational Army into a larger, more powerful, flexible, and rapidly deployable force.

The Army is restructuring from a division-based to a brigade-based force, consisting of self-sufficient, brigade-based modules that will greatly improve strategic responsiveness.

Brigade Combat Teams - the center of the redesign - are stand-alone, self-sufficient, and standardized tactical units that consist of between 3,500 and 4,000 Soldiers, organized the way they fight.

Modular supporting brigades will provide aviation, fires, logistics, and other support to the Brigade Combat Teams, will create greater operational autonomy, and enhance joint, interagency, and multi-national operations.

New higher headquarters will enable command and control of any combination of Army capabilities and will also be capable of serving as the core of joint or multinational Task Force headquarters.

Eliminated is an entire echelon of command above brigade headquarters, moving from three levels to two.

Creating an Army Modular Force will provide more training time, predictable deployment schedules, and a continuous supply of landpower to Combatant Commanders and Civil Authorities.

Restructuring is well underway - the 3rd Infantry Division, the vanguard of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is deploying back into Iraq as a restructured, modular force. The 101st Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and 4th Infantry Division will soon follow.

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

Operation Tribute to Freedom (OTF) continues to recruit speakers for local and national events. Just as Soldiers vow to never leave a fallen comrade, the OTF Team's goal is to never to leave a Soldier's story untold. This is a great way for Soldiers to tell their stories and to connect with their communities. Soldiers sign up on the OTF website and are kept in our database to fill future speaking/recognition events in their areas, in coordination with their local public affairs officer. Sign up today! Operation Tribute to Freedom

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