By Bob Harrison, U.S. Army Forces Command Public AffairsJanuary 8, 2014
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2014) -- Senior commanders and command sergeants major representing the active, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve met at the U.S. Army Forces Command Marshall Hall headquarters for the FORSCOM Commander's Forum, Jan. 5 -- 7, focusing on combatant commanders' needs and the future of the U.S. Army.
Gen. Daniel B. Allyn and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher K. Greca, FORSCOM commanding general and command sergeant major, welcomed Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, Jr., Director, Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of Army Reserve, and corps and division leadership teams for information sharing and discussions of a host of topics affecting the training, readiness, and leader development of the Total Army Force.
"Let's leverage the experience of everybody in this room to help build the kind of force that our combatant commanders need, as we move forward as an Army together," said Allyn during his opening remarks.
The goals of the forum include sharing perspectives and best practices, communicating FORSCOM priorities, achieving a shared understanding of the Army Total Force "way ahead," setting a foundation for multi-component, multi-echelon leader development, discussions on Mission Command, and building and maturing relationships within command teams.
"We are blessed with the deepest bench of leaders, combat-experienced leaders, leaders who have faced adversity for dozens of years - even before the past dozen," Allyn continued. "We have great confidence in the capacity of the leadership on our team to deliver and support the needs of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Secretary of the Army, and the nation."
The opening session also included updates from FORSCOM command teams currently conducting overseas contingency missions, via video-teleconference, and introductory remarks from Lt. Gens. Ingram and Talley.
"The National Guard has always been a believer in the closest possible integration with the other components of our Army," said Ingram.
"Now we have an Army that has fought together effectively since 2001," he continued, "through more than 12 years of conflict, leaders and Soldiers now have a much greater appreciation for what the other components bring to the fight."
Talley provided a brief overview of an initiative to stand up Army Reserve Engagement Cells in all the combatant commands, corps, and other Army headquarters to better link Army Reserve capabilities to the overall force requirement.
"We have to use the Army Reserve in all aspects of the Army force generation process," said Talley, "both in planning and training, and then in execution."
"I'm very excited about Gen. Allyn's initiative," he continued, "to help us do a better job as one Army to do Total Force training not just Total Army training."
As the Army's largest command, FORSCOM provides a sustained flow of trained and ready conventional land power to combatant commanders worldwide. It is responsible for the vast majority of active and Army Reserve Soldiers in the continental United States and has training readiness authority and mobilization requirements for the Army National Guard.
Allyn concluded his opening remarks stating, "we have a great, recent history of working together as a team and we are going to expand that as we move forward."