By U.S. Army ReserveOctober 20, 2010
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- As part of the Army Reserve's ongoing and continuous transformation, the Army Reserve Chief announced another step in his plans to reorganize and realign his headquarters to better support worldwide operations and establish the foundations for an enduring Army Reserve.
"Transformation never stops," said Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC). "And today, I want to share with you a new structure for the Army Reserve headquarters that incorporates the core enterprises into our staff structure to more effectively conduct business and increase support to Soldiers and units."
Stultz said the transformation will also enable a stronger focus on requirements to establish and sustain an enduring operational Army Reserve well into the future.
The active component, as part of its own business transformation efforts, recently outlined four core enterprises to help staff elements better collaborate and synchronize planning and implementation of strategy. The Army Reserve has adopted those enterprises (Materiel, Human Capital, Services and Infrastructure, and Readiness), designating general officer level staff leads to serve as integrators and managers of their enterprise efforts.
"The coming months and years will bring a period of uncertainty, Stultz said, "but we can't wait to decide our future, we need to take action now. We know we face declining resources, so I've charged my enterprise leads with identifying redundancy across the staff, and determining where we can establish efficiencies in what we do."
Internal realignment includes the establishment of: a Deputy Commanding General for Operations first with oversight of the readiness enterprise and all operational and functional commands; a Deputy Commanding General for Support with oversight of the consolidation and integration all supporting enterprises, regional support commands and installations; and designation of the current Assistant Chief, Army Reserve, as Deputy for Management.
"This realignment furthers the Chief of Staff of the Army's objective of institutional adaptation by transforming and integrating the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR) staff and the USARC staff as a single USAR headquarters," Stultz said.
The changes will strengthen and clarify the leadership roles. "These realigned staff elements will support the enterprise approach, enabling better synchronization of strategic and operational efforts essential to establishing an enduring operational Army Reserve."
An additional element of the transformation mentioned was the potential realignment of USARC under U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to strengthen and integrate operational force provider relationships.
"(FORSCOM Commander) General Thurman and I have signed a document recommending realignment of the Army Reserve Command under FORSCOM, and no longer as a direct reporting unit to Headquarters, Department of the Army," Stultz said. "We're not taking a step backward; we are taking two steps forward with this effort to support Gen. Casey's realignment of the Army."
Stultz acknowledged that transformation is a continuous process and emphasized the need to take action now and make refinements as we move forward as an element of the operational force in the 21st century.
"We can't sit around and wait for things to play out before acting," Stultz said. "We are fighting a versatile enemy. We need to effectively compete for diminishing resources while simultaneously establishing efficiencies."