On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC ARMY INFORMATION AND DATA SYSTEMS
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On Point is a study of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM OIF as soon after the fact as feasible. The Army leadership chartered this effort in a message to the major commands on 30 April 2003. In his guidance, Army Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki directed a quick, thorough review that looks at the US Armys performance, assesses the role it played in the joint and coalition team, and captures the strategic, operational, and tactical lessons that should be disseminated and applied in future fights. For those of us in the Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Study Group OIF-SG, this translated into three separate products. A quick look lessons-learned briefing produced in July, less than 30 days after returning from the theater. On Point this work is the second product and was largely completed by mid-August 2003. Finally, the most significant product is the archive of 119,000 documents, some 2,300 interviews and 69,000 photos archived with the support and assistance of the Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We had straight-forward guidance and a short time horizon. Simply put, On Point tells the Armys story in the only context possible -- a combined-arms ground force operating in a joint environment. There is no other way for the Army to tell its story -- the Army cannot get to a theater of war, let alone fight, in any context but that of a joint operation.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics