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United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) is the largest
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command. It provides expeditionary, regionally engaged, campaign-capable land forces to combatant commanders. Headquartered at
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, North Carolina, FORSCOM consists of more than 750,000 active Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and
Army National Guard The Army National Guard (ARNG), in conjunction with the Air National Guard The Air National Guard (ANG), also known as the Air Guard, is a federal military reserve force of the United States Air Force The United States Air Force (USA ...
soldiers. FORSCOM was created on 1 July 1973 from the former Continental Army Command, who in turn supplanted Army Field Forces and
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Mission and vision

The mission is: "Forces Command trains and prepares a combat ready, globally responsive Total Force in order to build and sustain readiness to meet Combatant Command requirements." The vision is to: " roducecombat ready and globally responsive Total Army Forces that are well led, disciplined, trained, and expeditionary…ready now to deploy and win in Large Scale Combat Operations against near-peer threats."


Overview

The Command is focused on the transformation of the Army into a more deployable and maneuverable lethal force. This shift to a modular force design increases the number of units available to support regional combatant commanders. The capabilities of the new brigade-level formations – armor, infantry, airborne, air assault and Stryker – ensure greater flexibility and enhance FORSCOM's ability to deploy trained and ready forces quickly. FORSCOM has major units located at 15 installations, including the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California and the Fort Polk#JRTC moves to Polk, Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Following the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the Command moved from Fort McPherson, Georgia to a new headquarters facility at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in June 2011. The Command hosted a "Casing of the Colors" ceremony on 24 June 2011 at Fort McPherson, and an "Uncasing of Colors" on 1 Aug. 2011 at Fort Bragg.


Lineage

*U.S.
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, 1942–1948 *U.S. Army Field Forces, 1948–1955 *Continental Army Command (CONARC), 1955–1973 *U.S. Army Forces Command, 1973–1987 *U.S. Forces Command (Specified Command), 1987–1993 *U.S. Army Forces Command, 1993–present


Active component

During the Cold War, Forces Command supervised a number of armies each responsible for areas of the continental United States: First United States Army, First Army, Fourth United States Army, Fourth Army, Fifth United States Army, Fifth Army, and Sixth United States Army, Sixth Army, at various times. Their responsibilities varied over time, but from the 1980s to the mid-1990s covered Reserve Component training supervision. FORSCOM currently commands U.S. Army Reserve Command, and First United States Army, First Army. FORSCOM also commands four Army corps: III Corps (United States), III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas; V Corps (United States), V Corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Together the four corps include nine divisions, one cavalry regiment, 37 support brigades of various types, and a range of other corps combat, combat support and combat service support units. U.S. First Army, First U.S. Army is responsible for training, mobilization and deployment support to Reserve Component and National Guard units in FORSCOM. They also execute FORSCOM missions within their geographic areas of responsibility. First U.S. Army at Rock Island Army Arsenal, Ill., reports to FORSCOM. It is responsible for the training, mobilization and deployment support for reserve component units in FORSCOM. It executes missions within the continental United States and Puerto Rico.


United States Army Reserve

A major subordinate command is the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC), also headquartered in the same building as FORSCOM at Fort Bragg, N.C. It commands all United States Army Reserve units in the continental United States, except those assigned to United States Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command. The Army Reserve strength stands at about 179,000 soldiers.


Army National Guard

The
Army National Guard The Army National Guard (ARNG), in conjunction with the Air National Guard The Air National Guard (ANG), also known as the Air Guard, is a federal military reserve force of the United States Air Force The United States Air Force (USA ...
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.


Subordinate units

* United States Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) * First United States Army, Rock Island Arsenal, (Illinois) **First Army Division East, Fort Knox, (Kentucky) ***4th Cavalry Brigade (United States), 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, (Kentucky) ***72nd Field Artillery Brigade (United States), 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Dix (New Jersey) ***87th Army Reserve Support Command, Horace B. Hanson United States Army Reserve Center (Alabama) ***157th Infantry Brigade (United States), 157th Infantry Brigade, Camp Atterbury, (Indiana) ***158th Infantry Brigade (United States), 158th Infantry Brigade, Camp Shelby, (Mississippi) ***174th Infantry Brigade (United States), 174th Infantry Brigade, Fort Drum, (New York) ***177th Armored Brigade (United States), 177th Armored Brigade, Camp Shelby, (Mississippi) ***188th Infantry Brigade (United States), 188th Infantry Brigade, Fort Stewart, (Georgia) **First Army Division West, Fort Hood, (Texas) ***5th Armored Brigade (United States), 5th Armored Brigade, Fort Bliss, (Texas) ***85th Army Reserve Support Command, COL Paul G. Schulstad United States Army Reserve Center, (Illinois) ***120th Infantry Brigade (United States), 120th Infantry Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) ***166th Aviation Brigade (United States), 166th Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood (Texas) ***181st Infantry Brigade (United States), 181st Infantry Brigade, Fort McCoy, (Wisconsin) ***189th Infantry Brigade (United States), 189th Infantry Brigade, Fort Lewis, (Washington) ***402nd Field Artillery Brigade (United States), 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, (Texas) * III Corps (United States), III Corps, Fort Hood, (Texas) ** 1st Infantry Division (United States), 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, (Kansas) ***1st Brigade (US 1st Infantry Division), 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Brigade (US 1st Infantry Division), 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***1st Infantry Division Artillery (United States), 1st Infantry Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (United States), Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division ***1st Sustainment Brigade (United States), 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade ** 1st Cavalry Division (United States), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, (Texas) ***1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (United States), 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (United States), 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***1st Cavalry Division Artillery (United States), 1st Cavalry Division Artillery ***1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (United States), Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ***1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade ** 1st Armored Division (United States), 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, (Texas) ***1st Armored Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***1st Armored Division Artillery (United States), 1st Armored Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division ***15th Sustainment Brigade (United States), 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade ** 4th Infantry Division (United States), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, (Colorado) ***1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team ***3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***4th Infantry Division Artillery (United States), 4th Infantry Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division ***43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade **11th Signal Brigade (United States), 11th Signal Brigade, at Fort Hood, (Texas) **75th Field Artillery Brigade (United States), 75th Field Artillery Brigade, (Fort Sill), (Oklahoma) **36th Engineer Brigade (United States), 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) **3rd Cavalry Regiment (United States), 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, (Texas) **504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) **89th Military Police Brigade (United States), 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) **1st Medical Brigade (United States), 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) **13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 13th Sustainment Command, Fort Hood, (Texas) * V Corps (United States), Fort Knox, Kentucky, Fort Knox, (Kentucky) * XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) ** 3rd Infantry Division (United States), 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, (Georgia) ***1st Armored Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team ***48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (United States), 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Georgia Army National Guard) ***Task Force 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment (United States), 28th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, (Georgia) ***3rd Infantry Division Artillery (United States), 3rd Infantry Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division ***3rd Sustainment Brigade (United States), 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade ** 10th Mountain Division (United States), 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, (New York) ***1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (United States), 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team ***2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (United States), 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team ***3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fort Polk (Louisiana) ***10th Mountain Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division ***10th Sustainment Brigade (United States), 10th Sustainment Brigade ** 82nd Airborne Division (United States), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) ***1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) ***2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) ***3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) ***82nd Airborne Division Artillery ***Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division ***82nd Sustainment Brigade (United States), 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade ** 101st Airborne Division (United States), 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, (Kentucky) ***1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Air Assault) ***2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Air Assault) ***3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Air Assault) ***101st Airborne Division Artillery ***101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division ***101st Sustainment Brigade (United States), 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade **18th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **20th Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary),
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**7th Transportation Brigade (United States), 7th Transportation Brigade, Fort Eustis, (Virginia) **525th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **35th Signal Brigade (United States), 35th Signal Brigade, Fort Gordon, (Georgia) **44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) * Security Force Assistance Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) **1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia (U.S. state), Georgia **2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade,
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, North Carolina **3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas **4th Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Carson, Colorado **5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (state), Washington **54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (National Guard) * 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Aberdeen Proving Ground, (Maryland) **48th Chemical Brigade (United States), 48th Chemical Brigade, at Fort Hood, (Texas) **52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Campbell, (Kentucky) **71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Fort Carson, (Colorado) * 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command Fort Bliss, (Texas) **11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States), 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, (Texas) **31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States), 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, (Oklahoma) **69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States), 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, (Texas) **108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States), 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Bragg, (North Carolina) * Air Traffic Services Command Fort Rucker, (Alabama) *Fort Irwin National Training Center *Fort Polk#JRTC moves to Polk, Joint Readiness Training Center


See also

* Air Combat Command * United States Fleet Forces Command * United States Marine Corps Forces Command * Space Operations Command


References


External links


U.S Army Forces Command Homepage
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