The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission
has voted to keep open Red River Army Depot, Texas, and Hawthorne
Army Depot, Nevada, rejecting Department of Defense (DOD) recommendations
to close them. The commission also voted against a DOD proposal
to move the Army Aviation Logistics School from Fort Eustis,
Virginia, to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to join the Army Aviation
Center and School.
The BRAC Commission supported the great majority of DOD recommendations
for the Army. In the most significant change for Army logistics,
the Army Transportation School (now at Fort Eustis, Virginia)
and the Army Ordnance School (now at Aberdeen Proving Ground
Maryland, and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) will move to Fort
Lee, Virginia. There, they will join the Army Combined Arms
Support Command, the Army Quartermaster School, and the Army
Logistics Management College to form a Logistics Center of
Excellence. The commission endorsed creating a Joint Center
of Excellence for Culinary Training and a Joint Center for
Consolidated Transportation Management Training at Fort Lee,
bringing together all DOD training in those areas.
Other DOD recommendations approved by the commission will relocate
major components of the Army Materiel Command (AMC). AMC headquarters
and the Security Assistance Command will move from Fort Belvoir,
Virginia, to Redstone Arsenal, and the Communications-Electronics
Command will relocate from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey (which
is closing), to Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Military Surface
Deployment and Distribution Command will move from Fort Eustis
to collocate with the U.S. Transportation Command and the Air
Force’s Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base,
In addition to Fort Monmouth, other Army installations approved
for closure are Newport Chemical Depot, Indiana; Deseret Chemical
Depot, Utah; Umatilla Chemical Depot, Oregon; Mississippi
Army Ammunition Plant, Mississippi; Kansas Army Ammunition
Plant, Kansas; Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, Texas; Riverbank
Army Ammunition Plant, California; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Fort
McPherson, Georgia; Fort Gillem, Georgia; and Walter Reed Army
Medical Center, D.C.
The President has approved the actions of the BRAC Commission.
The list of closures and realignments will become final unless
Congress passes a joint resolution of disapproval.
NAMED ARMY G–4
Major General Ann E. Dunwoody, the Commanding General of the Army Combined
Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and Fort Lee, Virginia, has been nominated for
promotion to lieutenant general and appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff,
G–4, U.S. Army. General Dunwoody will be the first woman appointed as
the Army G–4. She will succeed Lieutenant General C.V. Christianson,
who has been named as Director for Logistics, J–4, The Joint Staff.
Before her assignment as Commanding General of CASCOM, General Dunwoody commanded
the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Alexandria, Virginia,
from October 2002 to August 2004.
General Dunwoody has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the
State University of New York at Cortland, a master’s degree in logistics
management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree
in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
She is a graduate of the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and
Basic Airborne School.
STATIONING DECISIONS ANNOUNCED
The Army announced in July the planned locations for its active component
modular brigade combat teams (BCTs). The stationing of the BCTs is part of
the Army’s transformation into a campaign-quality force with joint and
expeditionary capabilities. The stationings also are critical to ensuring
that the Army is postured to maintain the high degree of readiness needed
to meet its strategic commitments, including ongoing operations in the Global
War on Terrorism.
The Army selected the BCT locations based on their existing and potential capacities,
available training space, and the current locations of similar and supporting
units. The design also preserves the Army’s historic heraldry and lineage.
Although the modular BCTs follow historic division and brigade unit-naming conventions,
their design is completely different from that of their predecessors. The essence
of this transformational design is a new force that can be deployed singly or
in groups and is ready for employment over a dispersed area in a variety of
configurations as self-contained modules.
The announced locations of BCTs and division headquarters are—
• Fort Riley, Kansas: headquarters and three BCTs of the 1st Infantry Division.
• Fort Knox, Kentucky: one BCT of the 1st Infantry Division.
• Korea: headquarters and one BCT of the 2d Infantry Division.
• Fort Lewis, Washington: three BCTs (all Stryker) of the 2d Infantry Division.
• Fort Stewart, Georgia: headquarters and three BCTs of the 3d Infantry
• Fort Benning, Georgia: one BCT of the 3d Infantry Division.
• Fort Carson, Colorado: headquarters and four BCTs of the 4th Infantry
• Fort Drum, New York: headquarters and three BCTs of the 10th Mountain
• Fort Polk, Louisiana: one BCT of the 10th Mountain Division.
• Schofield Barracks, Hawaii: headquarters and two BCTs (both Stryker)
of the 25th Infantry Division.
• Fort Richardson, Alaska: one BCT of the 25th Infantry Division.
• Fort Wainwright, Alaska: one BCT (Stryker) of the 25th Infantry Division.
• Fort Bliss, Texas: headquarters and four BCTs of the 1st Armored Division.
• Fort Hood, Texas: headquarters and four BCTs of the 1st Cavalry Division
and the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment.
• Fort Bragg, North Carolina: headquarters and four BCTs of the 82d Airborne
• Fort Campbell, Kentucky: headquarters and four BCTs of the 101st Airborne
Division (Air Assault).
• Germany: 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Stryker).
• Italy: 173d Airborne Brigade.
The Secretary of Defense approved an increase in the number of active modular
BCTs from 33 to 43 in January 2004. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin,
California, also will have a BCT (-)—the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment—to
serve as the opposing force for training.
BCT positioning was a key factor in the Department of Defense (DOD) base realignment
and closure (BRAC) recommendations announced in May. The BCT positioning plan,
which implements DOD’s Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy
recommendations, allows the Army to return up to 50,000 soldiers from overseas
locations by the end of the decade. Two key BRAC recommendations include returning
the 1st Infantry Division from Germany to Fort Riley in fiscal year 2006 and
relocating the 1st Armored Division from Germany to Fort Bliss at a time yet
to be determined. One 2d Infantry Division brigade from Korea that is now in
Iraq will be redeploying to the United States (Fort Lewis) rather than back to
Facilities to be returned to Germany in 2007 after the 1st Infantry Division
relocates to Fort Riley include Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen Family Housing, Kitzingen
Training Area, Larson Barracks, Schwanberg Defense Communications System Site,
Faulenberg Kaserne, Wuerzburg Training Areas, Giebelstadt Army Airfield, Giebelstadt
DYA [Dependent Youth Activities] Camp, Giebelstadt Tactical Defense Facility,
and Breitsol Communications Station. Leighton Barracks and Wuerzburg Hospital
also will be relinquished once they are no longer needed.
ARMY ISSUES NEW
MATERIEL MAINTENANCE POLICY
Revised Army Regulation 750–1, Army Materiel Maintenance
Policy, dated 15 July 2005, reflects a major change to the
Army’s four-level maintenance policy that has been in
effect for the last 50 years. The revision implements policy
for two levels of maintenance—field and sustainment—and
updates roles and responsibilities for the maintenance of
Field maintenance combines operator/crew, unit, and selected direct support maintenance
tasks. Performed “on system,” it involves replacement of defective
parts, preventive maintenance, and return of the repaired equipment to the user.
Sustainment maintenance encompasses general support and depot maintenance tasks.
It is performed “off system” and involves repair of defective equipment
or parts and return of the item to the supply system.
The two-level maintenance concept is expected to support Army transformation
initiatives by providing—
• A reduced logistics footprint in the battlespace.
• Faster return of equipment to the fight.
• Decreased need to evacuate equipment.
• Increased productivity of maintainers, which will result in increased
• Potential force structure savings.
The Army has been moving toward two-level maintenance since the mid-1990s, when
Force XXI concepts began to develop. Many ground and ammunition maintenance
units have already converted to the two-level system, while aviation units are
not expected to begin conversion until 2008.
tracks on this M2A2 Bradley fighting vehicle yield
a smoother, quieter ride.
FCS VEHICLES TO HAVE RUBBER TRACKS
The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) manned ground
vehicles will be equipped with hard rubber band tracks instead
of metal tracks. Transportability was a significant factor
leading to the decision to adopt the new band track technology.
A vehicle equipped with band tracks will weigh about a ton
less than a similar vehicle equipped with metal tracks, which
will make it easier to transport by air. Other considerations
that favor the band tracks include the following—
• The service life of the hard rubber tracks is expected to be double
that of traditional metal tracks.
• Band tracks are less resistant to rolling, which means the vehicles can
start moving faster and will use less fuel.
Vehicles equipped with band tracks offer a smoother ride without the vibration
that steel tracks produce.
Band tracks make less noise when they move than metal tracks. Together with hybrid-electric
systems, band-track-equipped vehicles will be much quieter than vehicles with
The new band tracks do have several drawbacks. Tests show that the lightweight
band tracks are less vulnerable to small arms fire than metal tracks but more
vulnerable to mine blasts. Metal tracks often can be repaired by replacing an
individual link; however, band tracks must be replaced completely, which means
that Soldiers must carry spare bands with them. Developers at the Army Tank-automotive
and Armaments Command are attempting to develop a segmented track that has
joints similar to those on metal tracks.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS CONFERENCE SLATED
“Marching Towards Seamless Support of Our Warfighter” is the theme
of Defense Logistics USA 2005. This annual conference brings together logistics
representatives from all four services with manufacturers of military equipment.
This year’s event takes place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington,
D.C., 28 November through 1 December. For more information, see www.defenselog.com.
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