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Integration of Active and Reserve Component Opening Capabilities

Thursday, March 24, 2016

What is it?

Sustainable Readiness is transforming the way the U.S. Army prioritizes and resources unit readiness. Integration of Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) forces during multi-echelon training events will ensure unit readiness.

In support of expeditionary operations, select RC units are needed to rapidly deploy to open ports and support the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army and Joint Forces. Field services, movement control, fuel storage, and distribution represent just a few of the critical capabilities required during the early stages of a conflict or contingency.

What has the Army done?

The Army logistics community has been analyzing the units required for theater opening missions, and select capabilities within the RC are being identified for increased readiness prioritization.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army is taking action now to prioritize the readiness of the units that perform theater opening tasks. Additionally, the Army is expanding the complexity of the Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) Program to include multiple brigade-level deployments in conjunction with major training events such as rotations to Combat Training Centers.

A seamless theater opening capability is key to setting conditions for rapid response during a crisis. The Army provides many critical foundational capabilities. The execution of port and terminal operations and reception, staging, onward movement, and integration to a Joint Operations Area are among the many critical foundational capabilities the Army provides to the Joint Force.

Why is this important to the Army?

Readiness is the Army’s number one priority and access to trained and ready RC forces is critical to the Army’s ability to fight and win the nation’s wars. Short or no-notice deployment training must be the standard for ensuring readiness to conduct expeditionary operations.

As a Total Force, the AC and RC will ensure the Army is capable of rapidly deploying to execute the full range of military operations.


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