Tuesday November 4, 2008
What is it?
Patton's Own celebrates 90 years of service to the nation on Nov. 7, 2008. Third Army was formed and forged during the closing phases of WWI, just four days after the signing of the Armistice Agreement. Since then, it has been a vital part of the nation's defense. During World War II, under the command of Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Third Army spearheaded the breakout from Normandy in 1944, driving across northern France, attacking the German flank during the epic Battle of the Bulge and fighting its way to penetrating Germany's western defenses.
Since 1983, Third Army has served as the Army component of U.S. Central Command, with responsibility for operations in a 27-country area stretching across parts of Africa, Asia and the strategically vital Persian Gulf. Following 9/11, Third Army became the Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the build up and attack into Iraq in 2003. After serving as the CFLCC for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, with the establishment of Multi-National Forces Iraq, Third Army assumed primary responsibility for uninterrupted logistical support and combined joint reception, staging, and onward movement of coalition forces deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa.
What has the Army done?
In October 2006, Headquarters Department of the Army officially designated Third Army as U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) and directed it to restructure itself to become the first Army-level headquarters to complete the transformation process. In September 2008, USARCENT tested its restructured organization by completing Lucky Warrior - an internal training exercise leading to certification as a fully capable joint task force headquarters. The command will also be validated to serve as a joint task force headquarters anywhere in U.S. Central Command's (USCENTCOM's) area of operations. USARCENT now provides the Army and CENTCOM with the strategic flexibility to respond to any contingency in the region across a range of missions from full-scale combat to humanitarian operations.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As USARCENT shifts priorities to a full spectrum operations-capable mission set, it continues to ensure that theater sustainment and theater security cooperation operations are executed at a high level. The headquarters continues to provide Title 10 support to theater, as well as support for the Combined, Joint, Reception, Staging, and Onward movement mission in Kuwait for military forces rotating into the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
Why is this important to the Army?
With its recent transformation, the Third Army name passed into history, but USARCENT continues to build upon its proud honors and lineage. As this headquarters celebrates 90 years of service and strength for the Nation, it reminds us all to reflect upon the importance of our past, present, and future. This is a moment in time for USARCENT and the rest of the Army to celebrate a storied past and a bright future.
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- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"
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