Accession Number : ADA569332


Title :   Operations Brigade S3 Replaced by Operations Battalion


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Burns, Brad K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a569332.pdf


Report Date : 06 Dec 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 56


Abstract : In 2009, Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, Commander, First Army, directed the development and implementation of an improved method to train and certify deploying units. LTG Miller's directives meant to improve and streamline First Army's operations and training support by consolidating the broader organization into seven Mobilization Training Centers (MTCs). The MTCs' purpose was to concentrate on training reservists for their specific missions while maintaining the ability and flexibility to support other missions directed by the Army in the future. The organizational restructuring was followed immediately by a change in the training process that resulted in each Operations Brigade adding two battalions -- a Plans, Exercise, Maneuver, and Control Battalion and an Operations Battalion. First Army's organizational transition after the Abu Ghraib investigations materialized out of a desire to correct training flaws within the RC and streamline a dysfunctional process surrounding deploying RC units. This transition, however, raises the question of why LTG Miller replaced the Operations Brigades' traditional S3 staff section with an Operations Battalion? If the intention of the reorganization was to better integrate RC units into the normal active duty deployment cycle, then why was the primary operational staff function stripped? The author's research shows that First Army's rationale for replacing an Operations Brigade S3 staff section with an Operations Battalion was to improve and sustain RC training through the ARFORGEN process. First Army intends to remain the primary RC trainer during peacetime by replicating Combat Training Center (CTC) capabilities at the MTCs. Its goal is to maintain an operational reserve force and ensure that the United States is well-prepared for future conflicts and natural disasters.


Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING , *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *MILITARY RESERVES , *MOBILIZATION , *ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT , ARMY PERSONNEL , COMBAT READINESS , DEPLOYMENT , IRAQI WAR , OPERATIONAL READINESS , REPLACEMENT , STANDARDIZATION , TRAINING MANAGEMENT , TRANSITIONS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE