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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, December 20 2012

Today's Focus:

Regionally Aligned Forces

Senior Leaders are Saying

We are proud of each and every one of the family members, loved ones and friends who are here today. It has been a tough nine and ten months.

- Col. Ken Kamper, commander, 17th Fires Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, while congratulating the returning members of the Lancer brigade from Afghanistan, takes time to applaud the efforts of the family members who supported their Soldiers while they were deployed.

Lancer Brigade Soldiers make it home for the holidays

What They're Saying

We move so much that our mission impacts division. I'm lucky to have Soldiers that are as responsible as NCOs. I couldn't do my job without responsible Soldiers.

- Sgt. Simon Santiago, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, highlights the supporting of the aviation needs of ground forces

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Today's Focus

Regionally Aligned Forces

What is it?

Regionally Aligned Forces is the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army's vision for providing combatant commanders with versatile, responsive, and consistently available Army forces. Regionally Aligned Forces will meet combatant commanders' requirements for units and capabilities to support operational missions, bilateral and multilateral military exercises, and theater security cooperation activities.

What has the Army done?

Beginning in March 2013, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (2/1ID), stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., will support U.S. Africa Command's security cooperation and partnering requirements. 2/1ID will undergo training at the Combat Training Center before embarking on specialized Language, Regional Expertise and Cultural training. Once training is complete, over the course of the next year, teams of Soldiers from the brigade will deploy to multiple African countries to engage in partnering and training events, and to support bilateral and multinational military exercises.

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

The implementation of the full Regionally Aligned Force concept will take several years to complete. The initial priority is to begin alignment of Corps and Divisions in Fiscal Year 2013. The Army will formally establish the alignment of I Corps to U.S. Pacific Command, III Corps to U.S. Central Command, and XVIII Corps to the Global Response Force. In addition, in fiscal year 2013, Army will align divisions to U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Africa Command. For fiscal year 2014, the Army will align brigades to support theater requirements. Planning is currently underway to align brigades to PACOM, EUCOM and AFRICOM. The projected date for completion of regional alignment is 2016.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is regionally engaged and globally responsive an indispensable partner and provider of a full range of capabilities to combatant commanders in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national environment. Regional alignment synchronizes the Army's strategic framework of Prevent, Shape, and Win by addressing Army's enhanced regional and global presence in Prevent improving the global security environment by increasing partner capacity in Army's Shape role and underpinning the Army Total Force capability, capacity, and readiness to Win. As part of the joint force and as America's Army, in all that it offers, the Army provides the versatility, responsiveness, and consistency to Prevent, Shape, and Win.

Resources: Professional Development Toolkit
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
Prevent, Shape, Win
Related article: Army will prepare for future with regionally aligned forces

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