United States Army Combat Readiness Center

Tuesday October 11, 2005

The United States Army Combat Readiness Center- CRC is the center of gravity for all losses, that is, deaths, and central repository for all loss-related information. This means that the CRC gathers data on all losses - accident, combat, medical, and criminal. The CRC will connect the dots among all Army losses and provide quick distribution of information (48 hours from the incident) and distribution of knowledge (6 weeks from the incident) to keep future losses to the irreducible minimum.

- The former United States Army Safety Center (USASC) was transformed into the US Army Combat Readiness Center (CRC).
See the link to the memorandum: Transformation of the United States Army Safety Center

- CRC is the Army's focal point for analyzing accidents, serious incident, and combat loss reports.

- Responsible for identifying lessons learned and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to mitigate and prevent future losses.

- Gathers data on all losses - accident, combat, medical, and criminal.

- Enhances combat readiness and preserve combat power.

- The Director of Army Safety retains the same responsibilities for safety as before the CRC was established. The expanded mission now directs that he also "advance the principles, understanding, and practice of Composite Risk Management (CRM)".

For more information, please visit the CRC Homepage: crc.army.mil


  • Army working to increase success rate of recruits (IA/EB)
  • Fort Knox-based unit heading to Iraq for its fourth deployment since 2003 (LHL | EB)
  • Desert exercise site aims to simulate war's harshest elements (DMN/EB)
  • Secretary of the Army visits Guard Soldiers in New Orleans (ARNEWS)
  • Guard, Reserves bear higher share of casualty rate (AT)
  • Army National Guard tries new recruiting approach (WP | EB)
  • Army Reservist fights for his job (SJMN/EB)


  • Costs of rebuilding higher than expected (USAT | EB)
  • Iraq issues arrest warrants of 28 former government officials (PI | EB)
  • Last minute changes to charter hope to make a difference (WP | EB)
  • Saddam may get his first chance to vote (USAT | EB)
  • Charter negotiations continue amid disagreement (NYT | EB)
  • Saddam Hussein will stand trial on Oct. 19 (WT)
  • Marines urge Iraqis to provide tips about hidden militants (CNN)


  • Northcom suggests specially trained active-duty force for disasters ([NYT](http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/politics/11military.html&OP=4dbc6943Q2F8uBb8Q3F3X7V33Q5EQ278Q27hhp8.h8..8Q2F3W-Q5E-X78..o-W-Q5EcVQ3B(Q51Q5EoW) | EB)
  • Opinion: 'Exploit Rifts In The Insurgency' (Newsweek | EB)
  • Russia to supply Afghan army with helicopters and equipment (WP | EB)
  • Rice rebukes Uzbekistan for falling out of step (WP | EB)
  • A British civilian, nine Iraqis arrested by Iraq's border security force (CNN)
  • After 60 years, Rhein-Main Air Base returned to Germans (MSNBC)
  • First arrest in the Bali terror bombings (USAT)


  • Muslim converts suspected of playing prominent roles in terrorism (Swissinfo | story)
  • Convoy carrying Arab League delegation attacked (BBC News | story)
  • Eighteen Afghan policemen die in an ambush (Reuters | story)
  • Arrest warrants served to 28 for missing 1 billion dollars (The Scotsman | story)
  • Islamic school has some of the most notorious alumni in the world (The Australian | story)
  • Iraqi election: all non-convicted detainees have the right to vote (Aljazeera | story)
  • US formally handed Rhein-Main airbase back to Germany (The Guardian | story)


Tony Schumacher captured his 7th victory of the season by winning the NHRA race in Ennis, TX this weekend. This victory moved him ahead of 2nd place driver Larry Dixon by 268 points. Joe Nemechek finished in 20th place this weekend in Kansas. There were no stops for our cowboys or bull riders this weekend on the Wrangler Tour or Built Ford Tough Series, but next weekend our bull riders will be back in action in Columbus.

Race: Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Speedway
Driver: Joe Nemechek Qualified: 16 Finished: 20
Rank: 15 (no movement from last week)
Next race: October 15th, UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Race: O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, TX
Driver: Tony Schumacher Qualified: 3
Finished: Won the race defeating Doug Herbert
Rank: 1 (268 points ahead of Larry Dixon)

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We are an Army at war. The challenge of the Global War on Terrorism demands the highest level of leadership and Soldier proficiency. We cannot be risk-averse; our Soldiers are our most valuable combat asset. Therefore, reducing preventable accidents throughout our formations is fundamental to protecting our combat readiness.
(Adapted from CSA's message dated 11 Dec 03)

Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army

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