Skip to comments.First Army takes over mobilization nationwide
Posted on 01/18/2006 4:13:01 PM PST by SandRat
FORT GILLEM, Ga. (Army News Service, Jan. 18, 2006) - First U.S. Armys training mission expanded Jan. 16 to include training, readiness oversight and mobilization for U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units throughout the continental United States and two U.S. territories.
The transition of the expanded geographic mission began in mid-December with the transfer of authority between First Army and Fifth Army for the Western United States occurring Monday.
Part of Army Transformation
The Armys transformation necessitated restructuring the roles and missions of First Army and Fifth Army, officials said, to support reserve-component modularity and the Army Force Generation process known as ARFORGEN.
U.S. Army Forces Command is establishing First U.S. Army/Training and Readiness Oversight, and Mobilization Command (Provisional) as the multi-component headquarters responsible for the training and readiness oversight of reserve-component forces throughout the ARFORGEN process.
First U.S. Army will also be responsible for the mobilization of all reserve-component conventional forces in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Honoré: No gaps to be accepted
Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commanding general of First U.S. Army, said that the transition must be accomplished with no gaps or degradation in training of the Army National Guard and Reserve units at any mobilization station.
First U.S. Armys expanded mission supports ongoing transformation efforts as the Army restructures its force into modular units. This restructuring changes the current division-based force into a brigade-based force.
The new modular combat and support units are more self-sufficient, more readily deployable, and easily combined with other Army and Joint forces, officials said. They said the purpose of Army Force Generation is to provide a continuous output of expeditionary, campaign-quality forces capable of full-spectrum operations.
Previously, First Army trained, mobilized and deployed U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units in the eastern United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Fifth Army becomes ARNORTH
First Army also conducted Homeland Defense in support of national objectives as well as providing Department of Defense support of civilian authorities, such as relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
Fifth U.S. Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has assumed the DSCA responsibility nationwide and will also be known as U.S. Army North, or ARNORTH, under U.S. Northern Command.
First Army to have East, West HQs
In its new role, First U.S. Army will continue to report directly to FORSCOM, Fort McPherson, Ga., and will have two subordinate multi-component headquarters -- one training division in the western United States and one training division in the East. When established, these two divisions will support Reserve Component training, readiness and mobilization. Additionally, each western states senior Army advisor to the Army National Guard; the 75th Training Support Division in Houston, Texas; and the 91st Training Support Division at Camp Parks, Calif.; will be reassigned as part of First U.S. Army.
The western divisions will join with the 78th Training Support Division in Edison, N.J.; the 85th Training Support Division in Arlington Heights, Ill.; and the 87th Training Support Division in Birmingham, Ala., already assigned to First Army.
(Editors note: Information provided by First U.S. Army Public Affairs.)
Well,....now all us Army folk (Retired, Reserve, and Guard) will know what's in the mail when we see the return address label; Mobilization Orders!
It'd be like Christmas!
Alas, I've been out too long.
I'm not sure they'd take a 40-year-old Captain :(
They are taking folks up to 58 in some cases.
I passed up my Major's board and took the out.
I received my discharge on September 9th, 2001 :(
I called personnel about it, but they told me I would have to enlist and I don't have the brains or experience to be a competent NCO.
"I don't have the brains or experience to be a competent NCO"
Thanks for the laugh...like folks that can make fun of themselves...
You might be surprised...
Laughing, but serious.
I was blessed with many good NCOs and cursed with only a few.
"I called personnel about it, but they told me I would have to enlist and I don't have the brains or experience to be a competent NCO."
Oh, I don't know. With a sense of humor like that you might make a good Master Chief.
"a few bad ones", that is.
I'm comfortable with the "rum, sodomy" part, but the "and the lash" part scares me.
This is a reorganization that allows one Numbered Army to assume the mobilization and training duties previously overseen by two Numbered Armies so the other Numbered Army (Fifth) can focus on Army support to the homeland defense mission. It's a good move and has zero impact on the number of mobilizations of reserve component personnel or units. It merely changes who some of them will report to during mobilization.
Try again. The Army is currently advertizing for former officers to 're-up'. Try www.hrc.army.mil . Click on the "Active" link.