U.S. Army Pacific: A New Theater Army

Thursday December 29, 2011

What is it?

U.S. Army Pacific, the Army's largest Army Service Component Command, is responsible for manning, resourcing, equipping and training throughout the Pacific theater of operations. USARPAC leverages all Army capabilities for responses in the Pacific region, increasing the Army's ability to respond to all contingency requests. USARPAC now is a stronger Army voice from the Pacific to the U.S. Pacific Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army with the integration of Eighth Army in the Republic of Korea (ROK), which provides direct access to additional off-peninsula Army resources. Eighth Army is integrated into the USARPAC's Theater Campaign Plan and the Theater Security Cooperation Program.

What has the Army done?

Simply put, the Army realigned two senior Army headquarters, making USARPAC the single ASCC responsible for all Title 10 responsibilities in the Asia and Pacific region. The Army established a three-star level, operational Army headquarters in the ROK. Three methods were used to validate and track the progress of the realignment in 2010 and 2011: Programmatics, Exercises and Assessments. Programmatics are Title 10 events, such as the Command Plan, Total Army Analysis and Program Objective Memorandum. Exercises such as Key Resolve and Ulchi Focus Guardian in the ROK validate the plan and periodic assessments define transfer points.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

USARPAC as the Theater Army will be regionally engaged with executive-level engagements, exercises, subject matter expert exchanges and multinational defense conferences. USARPAC will be theater focused through Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense, its Contingency Command Post, the excellence of its Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center and other theater-enabling capabilities. USARPAC is combat-ready and prepares Soldiers and units for deployments, through its support of the warfighter and sustaining treaties with United States allies.

Why is this important to the Army?

The importance of the Theater Army concept underscores the long-standing U.S. alliances and reflects common interests and transforming to a more durable and capable for mutual defense force with increased agility. USARPAC's capacity of empowering regional militaries to improve in key areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief builds confidence and enhances security, creating more opportunities for cooperation among its allies and partners.


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