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Army announces FY05 and FY06 Modular Brigade Force Structure Decisions

July 23, 2004

The Department of the Army announced today force structure basing decisions for the new brigade combat team (units of action) BCT(UA)s in fiscal years (FY) 2005 and 2006.

The temporary stationing of modular BCT(UA)s is critical to ensure the Army is properly postured to fully support its strategic commitments, including ongoing operations in support of the global war on terror. Additionally this allows the Army to continue its transformation to a campaign-quality force with joint and expeditionary capabilities that meet the future demands of the Combatant Commanders.

In FY 05, the Army will stand up and temporarily station new modular BCT(UA)s at Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Richardson, Alaska, and Ft Hood, Texas. As part of the decision, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, currently at Ft Polk, Louisiana, will move to Ft Lewis and convert to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

In FY 06, pending permanent stationing consistent with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) analysis in 2005, the Army will form and temporarily station BCT(UA)s at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Fort Riley, Kansas.

The locations were selected based on existing capacities, available training space, and current locations of similar units. The Army will revisit the locations of these units during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

The new modular forces will be capable of operating across the entire range of military operations. As part of Army transformation, capabilities previously found within the divisions and corps will be shifted to the BCT(UA). These new brigades are the first conversions in army transformation and are designed to deploy/employ as independent units in support of the joint force.

On January 30, 2004, the Office of the Secretary of Defense approved increasing the number of active modular Brigade Combat Team Units of Action (BCT(UA)) from 33 to 43 between FY 04-06. In accordance with the Army Campaign Plan, the Army began converting to modular designs in FY 04 with three BCT(UA)s temporarily stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Drum, New York. The FY 05-06 actions are a continuation of that effort.

For more information contact: Lt. Col. Christopher Rodney at 703-697-3491, christopher.rodney@hqda.army.mil.

 



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