United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)

Friday December 9, 2005

Headquartered at Fort McPherson, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) serves as the Army's chief operator. FORSCOM commands Active Component and U.S. Army Reserve forces in the continental United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and performs training readiness oversight of all National Guard formations.
Following mobilization, FORSCOM assumes command and control of Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units preparing for deployment.

- Mission:
U.S. Army Forces Command trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains, transforms, and reconstitutes conventional forces, providing relevant and ready land power to Combatant Commanders world wide in defense of the nation both at home and abroad.

Combining more than 2,200 civilians with 740,000 soldiers from the Active Army, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, FORSCOM provides combat-ready units and soldiers to combatant commanders worldwide for operations such as theater engagement, peacekeeping, combating terrorism, ensuring they are ready to fight and win on today's complex battlefield.

Commanding the two combat training centers at Fort Polk, LA, and Fort Irwin, CA, as well as multiple power generation and power generation support platforms, FORSCOM replicates conditions in theaters of operation for every deploying unit, including those with missions in Southwest Asia, the Balkans, and the Sinai.

- Roles:
As an Army major command, FORSCOM is the Army's premiere collective trainer, establishing training requirements, providing training support and oversight, and evaluating the training of Active Component, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve units. The FORSCOM mantra is "Trained and Ready Soldiers.

As the headquarters for active and reserve component units stationed in CONUS, FORSCOM serves as the proponent for transforming the formations of the total Army, ensuring that, in the endstate, all units regardless of component are equipped on par, fulfilling the CSA's vision of a campaign quality, modular force with a Joint and Expeditionary mindset.

FORSCOM is the Army Component Command of U.S Joint Forces Command. JFCOM's mission is to provide U.S. military forces where needed throughout the world and to ensure they are integrated and trained as unified forces ready for any assigned task.

- Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN):
FORSCOM is leading the development and implementation of the Army Force Generation process. ARFORGEN synchronizes people, equipment, and training to create combat ready forces. Units move through three Force Pools (Reset/Train, Ready and Available), focused on the unit's mission and proposed employment dates. The process culminates with trained and ready forces for the regional combatant commanders and civil authorities. ARFORGEN is a sustainable process of systems which leads to expeditionary force packages, tailored to specific mission requirements and capable of fulfilling both programmed requirements and surging immediate requests for forces.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • USASOC reorganizes, welcomes new commander (ARNEWS)
  • Wrestling Soldier ranked No. 1 in world (ARNEWS)
  • Army football squad looking forward to next year (ARNEWS)
  • Single reservist parent unprepared for active duty (LIN | EB)
  • Army project shows promise, shortcomings of data mining (GE)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Rumsfeld says says troop withdrawals could go beyond the cutback (MH | EB)
  • Officials have great hopes for Iraqi elections (AFIS)
  • Qaeda-Iraq link U.S. cited is connected to coercion claim (NYT | EB)
  • Security situation dominates Iraq discussions (AFIS)
  • Rice appears to soothe some Europeans on treatment of terror detainees (NYT | EB)
  • Fighting terrorists prevents attacks on U.S., general says (AFIS)
  • Insurgent group says it killed U.S. hostage (WP | EB)
  • New insurgent tactics in Afghanistan show weakness, general says (AFIS)
  • U.S. military investigates video of road violence (WP | EB)
  • Terrorists won't quit after Dec. 15 Iraq voting, official says (AFIS)
  • Iraq missions helps allies (WT | EB)
  • European leaders and public differ on pullout in Iraq (WP | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Pentagon stays with 2-war plan (WT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld dismisses resignation rumors (AFIS)
  • Reconstruction efforts boost Iraq economy (BG | EB)
  • Joint enlisted PME becomes reality (AFIS)
  • Probe into Iraq coverage expands (USAT | EB)
  • Iraq's oil production drops, report says (BG | EB)
  • Iraq's powerful Shiite coalition shows signs of division as parliamentary elections loom (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. looks to hand reconstruction over to Iraqis (CSM | EB)
  • U.S. general says airlines will take up slack for DoD cargo (WSJ | EB)
  • Iran leader suggests moving Israel to Europe, (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Outcry over Iran 'move Israel' remark (Aljazeera)
  • International forum calls for end to N.K. human rights abuses (Korea Herald)
  • World 'losing patience with Iran' over nuclear programme (BBC News)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Our Army remains the preeminent land power in the world today, and will remain so, primarily because of the courageous men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the American Soldier.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army

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