"We know the only way to secure peace for ourselves is to help millions of moms and dads across the Middle East build what our citizens already have: a society that's based on liberty, that will allow children to grow up in peace and opportunity." President George W Bush said yesterday December 7, 2006 during a press corps meeting at the White House.
What is it? Stationing is the process of combining force structure and installation structure at a specific location to satisfy a specific mission requirement. As such, it includes all forms of realignment or relocation and includes those actions that determine the authorized population (military and civilian) at a particular installation. Each stationing action is comprised of a force component and an installation component. The force component consists of the personnel (military and civilian) and equipment of an organization. The installation component deals with all the facilities required to support the unit. Both components must be considered as part of the stationing process. The desired end of this process is a force that is based in a manner that ensures effective and efficient mission accomplishment. The ways used to accomplish stationing include transfer, consolidation or relocation of a function, manpower or personnel; activation or inactivation; or reduction or increase of civilian personnel. The means to execute these actions are encompassed in the procedures used to manage directed actions (for example, those actions mandated by Congress, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and discretionary actions resulting from Major Army Command (MACOM) requests, Department of the Army direction, or directed actions requiring additional actions not originally specified).
What has the Army done? Currently, three initiatives are impacting how and where the Army positions units. Although each process is separate and distinct, these programs are designed to work together to enhance Army transformation. These initiatives are:
- Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS)
- Army Modular Force (AMF)
- Base Realignment and Closure 2005 (BRAC)
What continued efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Stationing actions require various timelines to implement. The longest timeline (5 years) involves planning for and executing major construction in conjunction with a stationing action. The Department of the Army will form panels to meet and discuss how to best execute the stationing requirements due to operational and Congressional requirements.
Why is this important to the Army? Through proper planning and execution station saves the Army resources. These savings can then be used to improve the quality of life for our Soldiers and civilian employees.
For additional information on Stationing
For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.