By Paul BoyceNovember 13, 2019
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Senior Army commanders, command sergeants major and staff met Nov. 13-14 at Fort Bragg, N.C., for a U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commander's Forum focused on the people, readiness, modernization and reform initiatives of the Total Army Force -- active, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
This group is "representative of the way we fight today," said U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General Gen. Michael Garrett. "It is the Total Army that allows us to do what we're doing."
The two-day forum featured about 170 senior officers and enlisted leaders from the State Adjutants General, First Army, Army Corps commanders, leaders from Army active component divisions, Army National Guard and Army Reserve units -- including the U.S. Army Reserve Command -- as well as other Army units that report directly to Forces Command.
Gen. Garrett highlighted the Army's top priorities focusing on people, readiness, modernization and reform. "People are the Army," Garrett said, referring to recent senior Army leadership presentations by Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. "For us to say people are our number one priority makes a lot of sense. If you think about who gets everything done … who allows us to be successful at the end of the day … who allows us to maintain the security for our Nation. It's the people in our Army."
The mission of Forces Command's people is to train and prepare a combat ready, globally responsive Total Force to build and sustain readiness to meet Combatant Command requirements.
In addition to the importance of the Army's Soldiers, Families and employees, Gen. Garrett highlighted a pressing priority for the future.
"Modernization is imperative for our Army," Gen. Garrett said, "we don't have a choice. Think about this: a number of you have young kids serving in the Army … if we're not careful they'll be riding on the same Bradleys, Abrams and vehicles, and flying in the same helicopters, shooting the same artillery pieces that we did -- that I did --in 1985. We can't have that. Modernization is an absolute imperative.
"It is not just equipment," Garrett added. "We are modernizing our people, our doctrine, and we are going to have to modernize our facilities and bases."
As part of these themes of readiness, reform and modernization, the forum focused on six key topics of interest to senior Army leaders: "Sustainable Readiness-One Readiness" model;" home-station training balance; improving Combat Training Center rotations; Army modernization strategy implementation; focused readiness next; and "reducing the burden" and time demands faced by leaders, especially junior leaders.
The general also outlined the command's six priorities, known as the "Freedom Six:"
(1) "Maximize Unit Readiness:" Focus leadership, training, and resources on improving unit combat readiness to meet Combatant Command demand and contingency requirements.
(2) "Operationalize Army Total Force Policy:" Take actions to advance and instill one standard of manning, equipping, and training to build decisive action readiness across the Total Force.
(3) "Master the Fundamentals:" At all echelons, codify and enforce standards and warfighting doctrine to ensure every soldier, leader and unit is resourced and ready to win in combat.
(4) "Strengthen Leader Development:" Develop agile, adaptive leaders of character through Army development programs and tough/realistic training.
(5) "Care for Soldiers, Civilians and Families:" Enhance individual performance and resilience foundational to building unit readiness by improving unit, community and institutional focus upon the health of the force and families.
(6) "Inform the Future Force:" Leverage our role as the Secretary of the Army's conventional Service Force Provider and largest operating force command to shape development of the future force.
FORSCOM's vision is: Combat ready and globally responsive Total Army Forces that are well led, disciplined, trained, and expeditionary… ready now to deploy and win in a complex world.