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The Army’s mission is to fight and win America’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders. The Army does this by executing Title 10 and Title 32 United States Code directives, to include organizing, equipping, and training forces for the conduct of prompt and sustained combat operations on land.

The Army, as one of the three military departments reporting to the Department of Defense, is composed of two distinct and equally important components: the active component and the reserve components. The reserve components are the United States Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

Regardless of component, the Army conducts both operational and institutional missions. The operational Army consists of numbered armies, corps, divisions, brigades, and battalions that conduct full spectrum operations around the world. (Operational Unit Diagram and descriptions) The institutional Army supports the operational Army. Institutional organizations provide the infrastructure necessary to raise, train, equip, deploy, and ensure the readiness of all Army forces. The training base provides military skills and professional education to every Soldier—as well as members of sister services and allied forces. It also allows the Army to expand rapidly in time of war. The industrial base provides world-class equipment and logistics for the Army. Army installations provide the power-projection platforms required to deploy land forces promptly to support combatant commanders. Once those forces are deployed, the institutional Army provides the logistics needed to support them.

The Congress of the Confederation officially created the United States Army on June 3, 1784 after the end of the Revolutionary War.  Today the Army has approximately 548,000 soldiers who serve in theaters worldwide.

Fort Drum Soldier Killed in Humvee Crash Remembered for Selflessness

Humvee with headlights on at night.

CLAYTON -- Those who knew Staff Sgt. Bryce E. Leek said he was selfless in all areas of his life. Even though he had to wake up early for his Army work, he stayed up late with his wife, Stephanie M., as she did her college coursework, "just in case I needed something," she said. He bought his sons new clubs to play golf, despite only having old... more

Soldier Charged in Scheme to Steal Fuel in Afghanistan


Army Sgt. Marvin L. Ware appeared Thursday in federal court in Honolulu on charges stemming from a scheme to steal jet fuel from Forward Operating Base Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in exchange for bribes from an Afghan trucking contractor. Ware, 46, who is stationed at Schofield Barracks, pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiring to ... more

Army Veteran Has His Dying Wish Granted

Army Ranger School

REDDING, California -- A Redding man who served as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 1980s and is suffering from an insidious and incurable disease got his dying wish granted Thursday. John Mark Hayes, 53, climbed into a five-seat Robinson R66 turbine helicopter at Air Shasta Rotor & Wing north of the Redding Municipal Airport for a 30-minute flight ov... more

Nurse Practitioner Slain at Fort Hood to be Awarded Purple Heart

purple heart

Russell Seager knew he'd be gone awhile, so he asked his colleague to look after a plant he kept at the Milwaukee VA hospital. Housed in a clear pot adorned with the familiar Army refrain "Hooah!" the plant was kept in Susan Lemcke's office next to Seager's and eventually replanted. Seager also gave Lemcke an "Army Nurse Corps" bumper sticker b... more

WWI Hero's Lost Purple Heart is Being Returned to Grandson

This undated photo provided by William Quinlan shows his grandfather and WWI veteran Pvt. Daniel Quinlan. (Courtesy of William Quinlan via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Six years before he died in a car accident near his upstate New York home, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost track of the medal he received during a 1932 ceremony held at the Hudson Valley historic site where historians s... more

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