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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.

Southeast Asian Remains Buried with US Vet

  The grave of William Arthur Smith Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes | Apr 22, 2014

Remains from an indigenous Southeast Asian were buried with those of an Army Reserve pilot from the Vietnam War at Arlington National Cemetery, America’s shrine for its fallen heroes. According to internal POW/MIA documents, when the remains of Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Smith Jr. were turned over to investigators in Vietnam in 1999, a por... more

Soldiers Play Waiting Game in Afghanistan

Sgt. Colton Hurley, an infantry team leader with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, leaves Combat Outpost Muqor on patrol June 27, 2012, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army)

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Apr 22, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 82nd Airborne Division's1st Brigade Combat Team deployed looking for a fight. The soldiers, not far removed from a 2012 deployment marked by long patrols and near daily enemy attacks, expected no less when they flew to Afghanistan to serve as the country's Theater Response Force ahead of national elections. ... more

National Guard Provides Support at Boston Marathon

Army Spc. Brandon Smith, 169th Military Police Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard, at the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav

American Forces Press Service | Apr 22, 2014

BOSTON – More than 800 Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island National Guard members helped local law enforcement agencies in eight cities and towns to keep the route clear for runners as they hit the road for the 118th Boston Marathon April 21. The National Guard provided civil support teams from 20 states specializing in chemical, biological, ... more

GI Who May Have Killed Tillman Haunted by Remorse

Pat Tillman

Los Angeles Times | Apr 21, 2014

Ten years after Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire, it's still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can't shake the fact that he might be at fault. "It would be disingenuous for me to say there is no way my rounds didn't kill him, because my rounds v... more

Records Reveal Details of Soldiers' Deaths

 | Apr 21, 2014

A memorial unveiled last month in Norman at the Armed Forces Reserve Center honors the 15 members of the Oklahoma National Guard who have been killed in action during the war on terrorism. Small plaques, with photographs of the fallen soldiers in action and as they pose in their uniforms, include biographical information about the woman and 14 ... more

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