By United States Army Reserve Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 16, 2006
On September 16th the U.S. Army Reserve will stand-up four new commands, Regional Readiness Sustainment Commands (RRSC's), continuing a transformation plan that was announced in September 2005.As these four new organizations stand up, they will take the place of the ten Regional Readiness Command (RRC) headquarters in providing "base support" to Army Reserve units in their respective regions. The new commands, designated as the 63rd, 81st, 88th and 99th RRSCs will stand-up in a carrier status, which will pave the way for assigning personnel as the transformation effort continues. The RRSCs will provide personnel, information management, facilities and equipment support to the Army Reserve units in their geographic area. Each new RRSC will be comprised of approximately 338 people, including 217 full-time civilian employees, 38 full-time Active Guard / Reserve (AGR) Soldiers, as well as 83 drilling Army Reserve Soldiers. The current RRC staffing levels average 180 full-time employees and an average of 296 drilling Army Reserve positions. All four RRSCs will begin their initial operating capability (IOC), in phases, throughout fiscal year 2007. The current RRCs will disestablish in phases by fiscal year 2009 as the RRSCs become fully operational. New, smaller commands will establish in place of many of these RRCs.The command and control and training and readiness oversight functions currently performed by RRCs will be accomplished by functional or operational commands. In concert with the Global War on Terrorism, the Army Reserve maintains its priority focus on re-aligning these operational and functional commands in order to sustain force deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. These commands will include the Army Reserve Medical Command, Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, 11th Theater Aviation Command, 335th Theater Signal Command, 200th Theater Military Police Command, 377th Theater Sustainment Command, and 412th and 416th Joint Theater Engineer CommandsThe 81st RRSC is being organized at Fort Jackson, S.C. Its name and lineage comes from the 81st RRC, Birmingham, Ala. Its geographical area will include Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. The Commander of the 81st RRSC is Major General Charles E. Gorton. His previous assignment was Commander of the 84th United States Army Reserve Readiness Training Command, Fort McCoy, Wis. The 81st will be the first RRSC to begin its IOC, projected for not later than first quarter of fiscal year 2007.The 99th RRSC is being organized at Fort Dix, N.J. Its name and lineage is from the 99th RRC, Coraopolis, Pa. Its area will include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. The Commander of the 99th RRSC is Brigadier General William Monk III. His previous assignment was Commander of the 1st Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support) and Assistant Division Commander of the 78th Division (Training Support) Fort Dix, N.J. This 99th RRSC will begin its IOC, projected for not later than second quarter of fiscal year 2007.The 88th RRSC is being organized at Fort McCoy, Wis. It takes its name and lineage from the 88th RRC, Fort Snelling, Minn. Its geographical area will include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The Commander of the 88th RRSC is Major General James R. Sholar. His previous assignment was Commander of the 90th Regional Readiness Command North Little Rock, Ark. This 88th RRSC will begin its IOC, projected for not later than the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007.The 63d RRSC is being organized at Moffett Field, Calif., taking its name and lineage from the 63d RRC, Los Alamitos, Calif. Its geographical area will include California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The Commander of the 63rd RRSC is Major General Bruce A. Casella. His previous assignment was Commander of the 311th Corps Support Command, Los Angeles, Calif. This 63rd RRSC will begin its IOC, projected for not later than the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007. "The result of the reshaping of our force will be a more streamlined command and control structure and an increase in ready, deployable assets; an operational force to support the global war on terrorism," said Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief of the Army Reserve. "The active Army requires the complementary skills we provide. We must change to meet these requirements and make the world safe for our families and fellow citizens, now and for the future."In order to accelerate momentum in transformation, the Army Reserve is conducting Base Realignment and Closure Act actions, modularity and force restructuring in concert with the Army Campaign Plan. These and other initiatives underway now are essential for the Army Reserve's readiness and relevance as a Federal force in support of our National Security Strategy. They will accomplish the following:AfAcAc'A!A,Ac Ensure more focused and efficient management, increasing units' and Soldiers' readinessAfAcAc'A!A,Ac Increase the number of Army Reserve units and Soldiers available for deploymentAfAcAc'A!A,Ac Provide improved facilities and more effective training to Army Reserve SoldiersAfAcAc'A!A,Ac Streamline the command and control of Army Reserve forcesAfAcAc'A!A,Ac Increase the number of Soldiers in specialties needed to support the Global War on TerrorismAfAcAc'A!A,Ac Improve Army Reserve business, resourcing, and acquisition processesTo learn more about the Army Reserve Future Force Transformation, click on the link below.