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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 765-05

Army Unveils Active Component Brigade Combat Team Stationing


           The Department of the Army announced today the locations for the active component modular brigade combat teams.  The modular design and their stationing are both critical to ensure the Army is properly postured to maintain the high degree of readiness needed to meet its strategic commitments, including ongoing operations globally in the war on terror.

            Today’s announcement provided additional detail to decisions that were factored in to the Defense Department base realignment and closure recommendations revealed in May 2005.  The decisions implementing the Defense Department’s Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS) recommendations allow the Army to return up to 50,000 soldiers from overseas locations by the end of the decade.

            This stationing of brigade combat teams (BCTs) 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. The secretary of defense approved an increase in the number of active modular BCTs from 33 to 43 on Jan. 30, 2004.

            “The Army Modular Force Initiative is the Army’s most important transformational initiative for a reason; it involves the total redesign of the Operational Army into a standardized, stand alone, larger, more powerful, more flexible and more rapidly deployable force that will enable the Army to change the way it fights and the way it operates,” said Francis J. Harvey, secretary of the Army.

            Two key recommendations of the global force presence realignment decisions include the return of the 1st Infantry Division (1ID) to Fort Riley, Kan., and the relocation of the 1st Armored Division to Fort Bliss, Texas.  The 1ID will return in fiscal 2006 and the timing for the return of the 1AD is under review.


            The Army selected locations for modular brigade combat teams based on existing and potential capacities, available training space, and current locations of similar and supporting units.  The Army preserves its historic heraldry and lineage in this design.   While the modular brigade combat teams follow historic division and brigade unit naming conventions, these units are of a completely different design than their predecessors.  The essence of this transformational design is a new force that can be deployed singularly or in groups – ready for employment in a variety of designs as self-contained modules over a dispersed area.


            The Army modular force initiative involves the total redesign of the operational Army into a larger - more powerful - more flexible and more rapidly deployable force and moves us away from a division-centric structure to one built around the Army’s new modular combat team.


            The Army is committed to minimizing the turbulence for soldiers and families.  “Providing for our soldiers and their families throughout this process remains foremost in our planning,” Harvey said.


            Active Brigade Combat Teams Posture:

Fort Benning, Ga. – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Fort Bliss, Texas – 4 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Bragg, N.C, – 4 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Campbell, KY – 4 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Carson, Colo. – 4 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Drum, N.Y. – 3 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Hood, Texas – 5 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Knox, Ky. – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Fort Lewis, Wash. – 3 Brigade Combat Teams (Stryker)

Fort Polk, La. – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Fort Richardson, Alaska – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Fort Riley, Kan. – 3 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Stewart, Ga. – 3 Brigade Combat Teams

Fort Wainwright, Alaska – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Schofield Barracks, Hawaii – 2 Brigade Combat Teams (Stryker)

Korea – 1 Brigade Combat Team

Germany – 1 Brigade Combat Team (Stryker)

Italy – 1 Brigade Combat Team


Fort Irwin, Calif. – (NTC 1 Brigade Combat Team (-))


      Web link at http://www.army.mil/ .  For more information, contact Maj. Desiree Wineland or Nancy Ray at (703) 697-7592 or (703) 697-7591 or e-mail: nancy.ray@hqda.army.mil


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