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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.

Soldier from St. Louis Dies in Shooting in Texas

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jul 31, 2014

FORT HOOD, Texas -- A soldier who died Sunday from an apparent gunshot wound in his off-post home in Killeen, Texas, was from St Louis, Fort Hood officials said July 30. Sgt. Kameron Alexander Womack, 24, entered active-duty service in August 2008, as a combat engineer, a statement from the Army base said. He had been assigned to 8th Brigade En... more

DoD to Oversee Army War College Plagiarism Probe

Sen. John Walsh

Associated Press | Jul 30, 2014

HELENA, Mont. -- The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the college's provost said Tuesday. The department will review the recommendations of the school's academic rev... more

Soldier, Daughter Killed by Plane Landing on Beach

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, died when the pilot of this 1972 Piper Cherokee made an emergency landing on a Florida beach.

 | Jul 30, 2014

A nine-year-old girl who was hit by a crash-landing plane while walking along the beach with her father has died. Oceana Irizarry succumbed to her injuries in a Florida hospital. Her father, 36-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, died on Sunday after the pair were struck by a single-engine aircraft attempting an emergency landing along... more

Former POW and Medal of Honor Recipient Dies

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 30, 2014

A former prisoner of war and a recipient of the nation's highest military award, retired Sgt. Maj. Jon R. Cavaiani died Tuesday in Stanford, California. Cavaiani, 70, spent much of his career at Fort Bragg, where he served with the 5th Special Forces Group. President Gerald Ford awarded him the Medal of Honor in 1974 for actions earlier that d... more

New Commander Takes Over JSOC at Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 30, 2014

The U.S. military's most secretive command welcomed a new leader Tuesday. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III took the helm of the Fort Bragg-based Joint Special Operations Command, officials announced in a two-paragraph statement. Thomas replaced Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, who had served as JSOC commander since May 2011. Votel has been confir... more

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