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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, October 12 2012

Today's Focus:

Exercise Saber Junction 2012

Senior Leaders are Saying

We really have to focus on our people. They are our strength. The first thing we have to do as we transition to a smaller force and into a force of the future is invest in these individuals. We have to focus a lot more on leadership development, both on the military and civilian side.

- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, emphasizing that Army is committed to Soldier and leader development while noting that the Army has put considerable resources into the education of the civilian workforce.

Westphal: No cuts to SOF, intel, cyber

What They're Saying

There is an understanding that is unspoken between survivors -- just knowing someone else has experienced a similar loss gives people comfort and the knowledge that they are not alone. While many people sympathize with survivors of our fallen, few understand, truly, what they are going through. That is something only a peer-based support organization can provide.

- Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award yesterday, by the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, during a Twilight Tattoo at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

Army honors widow who helps families turn grief into hope

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

October

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Energy Awareness Month

National Depression Awareness Month- Army Behavioral Health

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Oct. 22- 24: Association of the Unites States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), Washington D.C.

Today's Focus

Exercise Saber Junction 2012

What is it?

Exercise Saber Junction is a joint, multinational exercise that will train U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment and partner and allied units in the Decisive Action Training Environment described in the most recent Army training doctrine, Unified Land Operations (Army Doctrine Publication 3-0). DATE is designed to prepare the Dragoons of 2nd Cav. Regt. and multinational Soldiers for decisive and sustainable land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability operations appropriate to the mission and the environment.

Unique to this exercise is that the training will occur across an extensive maneuver rights area outside the bounds of Germany's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas. Units from 19 European nations will join 2nd Cav. Regt. in the training. Participating nations include Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

What has the Army done?

Decisive action is a pillar of the Army's Unified Land Operations doctrine. Its focus is on seizing, retaining, and exploiting the initiative to gain and maintain an advantage over complex threats during sustained land operations.

European troops account for 85 percent of the non-U.S. forces that make up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Every exercise builds on lessons learned from each previous exercise, and each country participating in Saber Junction will bring its military knowledge and tactical skills to bear to benefit all participants, building shared tactics, techniques and procedures that help ensure coalition partners fighting side by side can survive and win.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The U.S. Army in Europe will continue to use Saber Junction rotations to prepare for a broad range of contingency missions in contemporary and emerging operating environments. Saber Junction exercises provide a comprehensive approach, training Soldiers and units to fight in the most demanding and complex operating environments with allies and partner nations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Saber Junction will enhance joint and combined interoperability and build partner capacity among allied and partner nations through a focus on joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national integration while improving the combat readiness of 2nd Calvary Regiment and allies.

Resources:

Exercise Saber Junction 2012

Army Doctrine Publication 3-0 (Unified Land Operations) [PDF]

U.S. Army Europe

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