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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.

Retired Army Colonel Saw Combat in 3 Wars

Charlotte Observer | Jul 29, 2014

A decorated, retired U.S. Army colonel who saw combat in three wars was remembered by friends and family during services on Saturday. Col. Charles Crain, 96, of Charlotte died Monday. Crain -- known to many friends and fellow servicemen as "Charlie" -- was a combat veteran who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Born in Flemingsburg, Ky... more

173rd Sky Soldiers Stand Out With 3 Living MoHs

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, left, became the third living "Sky Soldier" from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to receive the Medal of Honor in the past four years. | Jul 28, 2014

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts became the third living "Sky Soldier" from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to receive the Medal of Honor in the past four years. Pitts joined Sgt. Kyle White and former Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta as the members of the 173rd who make up a group of just nine living recipients of the Medal of Honor from ... more

Vietnam Vet Receives Distinguished Service Cross

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 28, 2014

A former soldier was honored with the military's second-highest award for valor earlier this year, 46 years after his act of heroism. Retired Master Sgt. Patrick N. Watkins Jr. received the Distinguished Service Cross in a ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base in May. The medal rewards Watkins for his actions on Aug. 23, 1963, according to the cita... more

Army Tests Land-based Apaches during RIMPAC

AH-64 Apache

 | Jul 28, 2014

The Army in Hawaii has landed Black Hawk and Kiowa Warrior helicopters on the decks of underway Navy ships in the past as the land service seeks to prove its sea-based flexibility. During the current Rim of the Pacific exercises, the Army added some firepower, landing AH-64E Apache Guardian gunships on the amphibious ship USS Peleliu. "The rea... more

Two Soldiers Killed by IED in Afghanistan

UPI | Jul 28, 2014

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, and one died in San Antonio from an illness he contracted in Ghanzi province. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, died Thursday from an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Prange was from Hickman, Neb., ... more

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