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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.

Ohio Veteran Found Guilty, Fined Over Pet Ducks

Iraq war veteran Darin Welker, 36, of West Lafayette, Ohio, says his 14 pet ducks serve as mental and physical therapy for him. He's worried he'll have to give them up after village officials told him he can't keep them on his property. Trevor Jones/AP

COSHOCTON, Ohio  — An Ohio Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression has been convicted of a minor misdemeanor for keeping the birds. Darin Welker was cited for violating a village ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette, about 80 miles east of Columbus. He was found guilty Wednesda... more

National Guard Members Buoyed by Deployment Ceremony

CONCORD -- For the third time in seven years, members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard's Fixed Wing Operational Support Airlift Command Detachment 18 (OA DET 18) are being deployed to the Middle East. Ten New Hampshire Guardsmen, along with two volunteers from other states, will make up the team that will provide medium-range transporta... more

Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Children of Fallen Green Berets

In October 2012, Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Savard, a Green Beret from Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., was killed during a firefight in Konduz Province, Afghanistan. It was his fifth deployment there. Thursday, one of his comrades in that fight, Sgt. 1st Class Cris Valley, will be completing a coast-to-coast motorcycle ride to raise mo... more

525th Military Intelligence Brigade Unveiled on Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg

An Army adapting to a shrinking force and new, uncertain threats has unveiled a new type of unit on Fort Bragg. The 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade has been redesignated as an expeditionary military intelligence brigade -- the first of its kind. The newly named 525th Military Intelligence Brigade was presented to Fort Bragg and Army int... more

Army Intelligence Adviser Allowed Others to Think He Had Ph.D.

This internal U.S. Army resume for Russell Richardson says he has a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, which he acknowledges he does not have. Richardson says he didn't include the wrong information and doesn’t know who did. AP photo

WASHINGTON -- A key figure in a struggling Army intelligence program has for years allowed himself to be portrayed as a Ph.D. in engineering, even though he does not hold a doctoral degree, according to records and interviews. Russell Richardson, who earned a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1984, says he never sought to misreprese... more

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