Army Adapts to Lighten the Load of Soldiers and Families
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We have to stay on this issue. We have to continue to look to support those … who we are asking to do so much, who have done so much, sacrificed so much, made such a difference, and figure out a way to make sure we are taking care of them."
- Adm. Mile Mullen, emphasizing the importance of mental health services to troops
Mullen fights for mental health funding on Capitol Hill
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"Being a non-commissioned officer is about leading, training and mentoring Soldiers. Your job as an NCO is to enforce the standards. Train your Soldiers hard at every opportunity. Do not be afraid to fail; there will be times when you will not succeed. Learn from the failure and move on. Inspect do not expect. Be motivated and motivate your Soldiers."
- Sgt. 1st Class Eric Helmer, battalion motor sergeant, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, has been leading troops since 1997, when he became an NCO
- Multi-faceted motor sergeant helps train Soldiers in combatives
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2009 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
Army Adapts to Lighten the Load of Soldiers and Families
What is Institutional Adaptation?
Institutional Adaptation is the next stage in Army transformation. Its goals are to improve Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), adopt an enterprise approach to strategic decision-making and reform the requirements and resource processes. By organizing around the Army's core process, ARFORGEN, Institutional Adaptation enhances the Army's versatility in response to a complex strategic environment. It isn't a change to organizational structure but is instead a drive to improve collaboration, synchronization and integration across the entire force. Improved cooperation will yield better decisions faster and lead to increased predictability and reduced turbulence for our Soldiers and families.
What has the Army done?
Last summer, the Enterprise Task Force (ETF) was chartered to incorporate an enterprise approach to Army decision-making and lead the institutional adaptation of Army culture, organizations and processes. Since then, the Army Enterprise Board, chaired by the secretary of the Army with representation from the secretariat staff and Army commands, has met routinely to collaborate on strategic Army issues. Also, the Generating Force has functionally aligned into four core enterprises (CEs) aligned around the inputs to the ARFORGEN process (Readiness, Human Capital, Materiel, Services and Infrastructure).
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is using an enterprise approach to tackle some of its most daunting challenges and all core enterprises are actively contributing to the effort. The Readiness CE is executing the RESET ROC drill on June 17, 2009, which will identify areas where an enterprise approach would improve the ARFORGEN process. The Human Capital CE is developing courses of action to phase out stop-loss while maintaining readiness. The Materiel CE is adjusting its processes to provide the Army's senior leadership with the most accurate information for timely and sound decision making to optimize logistical support to the warfighter. The Services and infrastructure CE is using an enterprise approach in developing and implementing the Army's sustainability campaign.
Why is this important to the Army?
The current demand for forces exceeds the sustainable supply and limits our ability to respond to full-spectrum contingencies. The Army must continue to accomplish its mission in an environment characterized by persistent conflict, strategic complexity and decreasing resources. We have succeeded to this point through the heroic actions and tremendous sacrifice by our Soldiers and families. Moving ahead, Institutional Adaptation is critical to lightening their load of our most precious resource, our people.
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Army secretary: Plans scrapped to add brigades at posts in Ga., Colo. and Texas (LAT)
- New Soldier-dads get administrative leave, Army says (ARMY)
- McHugh nominated as next Army secretary (AT)
- Army identifies Military OneSource, Defense Center of Excellence Outreach Center as primary crisis intervention resources (ARMY)
- Adm. Mullen anticipates a record year for suicides (TH)
- Joint Chiefs chairman: Troops' mental health needs to be priority (CNN)
- For Soldiers, stress after war may be the biggest enemy (MRW)
- New approach to Afghanistan likely (WP)
- McChrystal warns of greater casualties in Afghanistan (LAT)
- U.S. envoy warns North Korea its nuke test, missile launches have put it on wrong path (BS)
- U.S. improves ability to hit N. Korean missiles: general (Reut)
- Cheney: No 'evidence' of Iraq, 9/11 link (Yahoo)
- Equipment, skill improve among Afghan insurgents (AT)
- Analysis: New envoy faces an Iraq of 2 minds about U.S. (NYT)
- Locals wary of U.S.-Afghan patrol program (NPR)
- Pentagon seeks more power from vehicles (AW)
- Report of motive in recruiter attack (NYT)
- U.S. releases secret list of nuclear sites accidentally (NYT)
- VA is testing an advanced new prosthetic arm (WP)
- Retreats offer TLC for military marriages (OPB)
- Cathedral offers tour dedicated to military service (ARMY)
- Army spouses play Soldiers for a day (ARMY)
- Obama extends flame-grilled olive branch to Iran (GRD)
- Netanyahu cites secret deal with Bush to justify more settlements (IND)
- Al-Qaeda deputy denounces Obama (BBC)
- Final British mission in Iraq in disarray without training pact (TO)
- Pakistan says Swat fighters killed (AJ)
- Pak court frees alleged 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed (IE)
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