In the past when we've cut across the board, weakened everything and hollowed out the military. We're not going to repeat that mistake. We're going to be smaller. We're going to be a leaner force.
- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, during a visit to Kandahar Airfield, Dec. 13, to discuss progress in the war in Afghanistan
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Most of our focus has been on, if there's a big fight, that we're there to win and we can't lose that focus. But we've done very little preventing and shaping to prevent that big fight and to shape so that other militaries can do more if there is a big fight. It doesn't mean we'll move in there permanently with them, but we'll do more exercises with them and build better relationships with places like the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of I Corps, meets with more than 100 senior Soldiers and civilians from I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division, and brigades across the installation, Dec. 10, to discuss a near-future shift in mission focus for the base and to hear their general concerns
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Reserve Component Support of Multinational Force and Observers
What is it?
Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an independent international organization, headquartered in Rome, Italy, established to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms. Military personnel from the Army, Air and Navy of 12 countries perform specialized tasks including verification of treaty provisions and operation of checkpoints, reconnaissance patrols and observation posts. Since 2002, the Army's Reserve Component (RC) has supported the (MFO) mission in the Sinai.
What has the Army done?
The Army relies upon its RC force as an operational reserve to help fulfill the requirements of combatant commanders throughout the world. First Army is a multi-component organization composed of skilled trainer/mentors (T/Ms) with unique military and civilian skills that ensure MFO training meets the combatant commander mission requirements. First Army serves as Forces Command's executing agent for training and mobilizing RC units to support the nine-month MFO deployment rotations. First Army Division East is responsible for providing the collective training support to mobilizing MFO units at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
First Army is committed to a holistic training approach that provides deploying RC MFO Soldiers with the most relevant, realistic training on Sinai-specific mission sets including the boundaries of the treaty, how to employ non-lethal weapons, how to observe and report accurately, the military decision-making process (for staff leaders), traffic control point operations and riot gear use. First Army trainers continually review lessons learned from redeploying RC MFO unit leaders to adapt so that training scenarios and processes better replicate conditions within the operational environment.
Why is this important to the Army?
The RC comprises 51 percent of our total Army force and will continue to provide Soldiers in support of MFO mission for the foreseeable future. First Army's T/Ms provide the expertise on the operational environment, combatant commander mission requirements and specialized force protection training RC forces need to supervise the treaty security provisions in the Sinai.
First Army Division East
205th Infantry Brigade
Multinational Force and Observers
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