Brigade Combat Team

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 Bragg Soldier Arrested with AR15 at Shopping Mall

 A Fort Bragg, N.C., soldier was arrested in a Fayetteville shopping mall July 2 for carrying an AR15 rifle, military equipment and ammunition.Associated Press.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an AR15 rifle and other military gear. Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" in connection with Thursday's incident at Cross Creek Mall,... more

Three Years after Killings, Military Withholds Report on Robert Bales

An image taken from the investigation into Staff Sgt. Robert Bales after he killed 16 people in Afghanistan. Soldiers took this photo of Bales after his arrest at Village Stability Platform Belambay. U.S. Army photo

The Defense Department is again denying a Freedom of Information Act request from The News Tribune seeking the release of an investigation into commanders who oversaw Staff Sgt. Robert Bales before he snapped and killed 16 Afghan civilians in March 2012. A FOIA officer from U.S. Central Command on Tuesday told the newspaper that its latest requ... more

'Iron Brigade' Inactivates After 50 Years in South Korea

A woman watches vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment that were participating in an exercise on Korea's western front on Dec. 23, 1966. (Stars and Stripes file photo)

SEOUL, South Korea -- A unit that has guarded the Korean peninsula's tense border for five decades has been inactivated and replaced with the Army's first rotational brigade combat team deployed to the area. The 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team -- known as the "Iron Brigade" -- was inactivated Thursday morning durin... more

National Guard Soldiers Emerge as Suspects in 2013 Murder

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Two Miami brothers, both members of the U.S. Army's Florida National Guard, have emerged as suspects in the 2013 murder of an off-duty federal airport security officer. The revelation comes as Miami-Dade prosecutors this week charged Lenin and Jonathan Otero not with the killing but on accusations of unrelated white-collar crimes, including rac... more

Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For


The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced July 1 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. Joseph M. Snock Jr. of Apollo, Pennsylvania, will be buried July 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. In ... more

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