FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command hosted ceremony here, Dec. 7, 2018, to transition and redesignate the Army Capabilities Integration Center to Army Futures Command as the Futures and Concepts Center.
The transition to AFC marks a big step in the Army's modernization effort, and brings the 15-year history for the former U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command subordinate to a close.
"It's been a week in history … we honored the life of President Bush, we remember the horror of Pearl Harbor, and today we honor the legacy of ARCIC," said Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, TRADOC commanding general.
Established as the Futures Center, Oct. 1, 2003, and re-designated as ARCIC by Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey in 2006, ARCIC has held the responsibility for determining and integrating force requirements and synchronizing Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Policy solutions across the Army.
"There are 43 of the original ARCIC plank holders who still work within TRADOC today," Townsend said, referring to the employees who started the unit in 2003. "The work these Soldiers, civilians and contractors accomplished through the years has proven crucial to the success of the Army mission."
Today, ARCIC serves as the single organization within the Army charged with seeking a proactive, synchronized and integrated process for future Army capabilities. Additionally, ARCIC also serves as the lead Army agency for joint agency and service capabilities integration.
"ARCIC developed the concepts that enabled the Army to adapt and deploy to two separate theaters of war at the same time, and in the last four years ARCIC has helped create and advance the Multi-Domain Operations 1.5 Concept as it moves from concept to operations," Townsend said. "I just want to say thank you."
Upon the uncasing of the U.S. Army Field Flag, Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general Army Futures Command, explained the Futures and Concepts Center will be responsible for studying and preparing the Army for the future.
"ARCIC comes to Army Futures Command with a historic reputation that has been the work of this staff for years, and it is crucial as Army Futures and Concepts that we continue to set the foundation of what the Army needs," Murray said. "This reorganization is not about us, but about the next generation of Soldiers."