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.

Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Defrauding Soldiers in Loan Scam

In Waco Nov. 19, 21-year-old Daniel Lee Rosales of Killeen, TX, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing money from U.S. Army soldiers though a fraudulent loan scam announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division. In addition to t... more

2 Charged in Killing of 4 Relatives in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the killings of a retired Army sergeant and three other family members, police said Thursday. Christopher Sanchez Asencio and Jose Bosch Mulero, both 27, also face nearly 40 other counts, including aggravated kidnapping of a minor and destruction of evidence. They we... more

Veteran Waited 61 Years for Medals

NORTH BERWICK, Maine -- He volunteered to serve his country, went to war and waited 61 years for the recognition he deserved. On October 27, 1950, at the age of 20,Ted Towne enlisted in the Army. Assigned to the Heavy Mortar Company, 180th Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma National Guard, Towne served nine months on the front lin... more

No Prison Time for Army Sgt. for Phone Threat Against Reporter's Wife


TACOMA, Wash. -- Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who professed innocence on his social media sites, pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening the wife of a Tribune-Review reporter in a failed attempt to prevent publication of a report about his fatal shootings in March 2007 of two unarmed, deaf Iraqi brothers. Barbera, 32, made the plea on hi... more

Army Moves to Shut Down 159th Combat Aviation Brigade

U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, fly overhead. (Army photo)

The Defense Department is poised to announce the shuttering of Fort Campbell, Kentucky's, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Congress. The long anticipated closing means Fort Campbell will lose about 2,400 soldiers. "We are deeply disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to remove the 159th CAB from Fort Campbell," Ken... more

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