By Paul Boyce, U.S. Army Forces Command Public AffairsMarch 24, 2011
FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (March 24, 2011) - More than 200 senior Army leaders, commanders and their staff members from at least 30 states and territories will meet soon at Camp Robinson, near Little Rock, Ark., to discuss Army readiness priorities, involving the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve forces.
Their focus, "Sustaining the Reserve Components as part of the Total Force"," will detail discussions about the latest lessons learned and best practices to prepare units, Soldiers and their Families for war-time deployments; share how to better reset units upon their return; and preview innovative planning methods to provide these forces more stable, predictable deployment cycles in the future.
Hosted by the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), the two-day Command Readiness Program will gather states' adjutants general, brigade commanders, Army Reserve Regional Readiness Command officials, and military police commanders to address Army priorities, relating to the drawdown of forces in Iraq, anticipated forces for Afghanistan, and plans to maintain the Army's Reserve Components, while providing needed forces to combatant commanders around the globe.
This annual conference provides a platform for discussion among the Army's components, to include addressing the Army's four priorities of Sustain, Prepare, Reset and Transform. It also provides a "common operating picture for sustaining the Operational Force in relation to manning, training and equipment.
Camp Robinson is the national home to the Army National Guard's Professional Education Center, a 75-acre campus of 25 buildings and staff of approximately 400 who annually provide instruction to more than 20,000 members of the military.
The Professional Education Center hosts more than 5,000 conferees annually from the National Guard, Army Reserve, Active Army, Defense Department, State and Federal agencies.