United States Army Forces Command

United States Army Forces Command

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=United States Army Forces Command

caption=Army Forces Command shoulder sleeve insignia
country=United States of America
branch=United States Army
current_commander=GEN Charles C. Campbell
garrison=Fort McPherson
motto=Freedom's Guardian
identification_symbol_label=Distinctive Unit Insignia

United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) is the Army's largest major command. Headquartered at Fort McPherson, Georgia, FORSCOM consists of more than 730,000 Active Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard soldiers. FORSCOM trains, mobilizes, deploys, and sustains combat ready forces capable of responding rapidly to crises world-wide. FORSCOM develops and cares for people, optimizes available resources, develops quality installations, and establishes major facilities to project power globally.

FORSCOM is the Army component of U.S. Joint Forces Command. JFCOM 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. The FORSCOM commander functions as commander of the Army forces of this unified command and plans for and, on order, provides military support to civil authorities, including response to natural disasters and civil emergencies. FORSCOM is also the Army Service Component Command to NORTHCOM. NORTHCOM’s mission is to deter, prevent, and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the U.S., its territories, and interests and provides military assistance to civil authorities including consequence management operations.

FORSCOM has major units located at 15 installations, including the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Active Component

The Active Component of FORSCOM has nearly 200,000 soldiers. Third U.S. Army, also located at Fort McPherson, is the Army component of United States Central Command, the Joint command responsible for Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa. FORSCOM also commands three Army corps: I Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington; III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas; and XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Together they include seven divisions (1st Infantry Division, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), two armored cavalry regiments, five separate brigades and a range of other corps combat, combat support and combat service support units.

Two Continental U.S. Armies, First U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia and Fifth U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, are responsible for training, mobilization and deployment support to Reserve Component units in FORSCOM. They also execute FORSCOM missions within their geographic areas of responsibility.

U.S. Third Army is a field army headquartered at Fort McPherson. Third Army serves as the Army component to CENTCOM. CENTCOM's Area of Responsibility stretches from the Horn of Africa to Central Asia. Since October 2001, Third Army is leading the fight in the war on terrorism in the Central Command area of responsibility. United States Army South (USARSO) serves as the Army component to SOUTHCOM. USARSO relocated from Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 2003 and became a FORSCOM major subordinate command October 1st.

United States Army Reserve

A major subordinate command of Forces Command is the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It commands all Army Reserve units in the continental United States, except those assigned to Special Operations Command. FORSCOM's Army Reserve strength stands at about 179,000 soldiers.

USARC units are part of the Federal force and make their primary contribution to FORSCOM combat power in combat support and combat service support specialties, such as medical, civil affairs, transportation, maintenance and supply. Many USARC units are designated to deploy early for contingency operations worldwide.

Army National Guard

The Army National Guard provides Forces Command a balanced force of eight National Guard combat divisions, 15 brigades, and extensive combat support and combat service support units.

The current FORSCOM Army National Guard strength is approximately 351,000 soldiers. Mobilizing the Army National Guard into active federal service would bring the total strength of FORSCOM to nearly two-thirds of the Army's combat ground forces.

The FORSCOM Reserve Component Retention office is run by SGM Ed Chavis and MSG Russell Bledsoe.

ubordinate Units

*First United States Army
*I Corps
*III Corps
*XVIII Airborne Corps
*32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command
*United States Army Reserve
*National Training Center
*Joint Readiness Training Center
*49th Quartermaster Group
*20th Support Command (CBRNE)
*Division Ready Brigade

External links

* [http://www.forscom.army.mil/ FORSCOM homepage] official site

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