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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, January 15 2013

Today's Focus:

Reserve Component Support of Multinational Force and Observers

Senior Leaders are Saying

We are the best army in the world. We will be tomorrow. We will always be the best army in the world.

- U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, expressed his confidence in today's Army and the way ahead, during his visit to Osan Air Base, South Korea

Army chief of staff visits Dragon Brigade in South Korea

What They're Saying

It's an honor to deploy with a great group of guys. It's great to go there and come back as one team and bringing everyone home.

- Spc. Darrell Fales, a civil affairs specialist, at a recent Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Ceremony hosted by the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion, Ellington Air Reserve Base, Texas

Roger Clemens congratulates redeployed Soldiers from 451st Civil Affairs Battalion

A Culture of Engagement


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January 2013

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Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday (NO STAND-TO!)


Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month

Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

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. This was 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 twelve 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 Sinai, Egypt.

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 efforts does the Army plan to continue in 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 training scenarios and processes to 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, Egypt.


First Army
First Army Division East
205th Infantry Brigade
Multinational Force and Observers
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