“PENTAGON, June 26, 2013: The Army’s widely publicized decision to cut 10 brigade combat teams from bases in eight states is just part of the story of the incredible shrinking armed services. To start with, it’s not actually 10 brigades: It’s 11, the 10 announced this afternoon and a player to be named later. Or, if you count two brigades being eliminated at bases in Europe, an announcement made months ago, it’s 13.
This is exactly what many experts and some senior officials at the Pentagon have argued for much of the last 18 months should happen: cut headquarters staff and get rid of flags (command positions that have sprung up over the last 12 years).
All told, the reductions and reorganizations “will reduce the number of headquarters while sustaining as much combat capability as possible,” Gen. Odierno said. “We are increasing our tooth to tail ratio.”
But that happy trend can’t continue if sequestration does. While there’s plenty of fat to cut in any large organization, the Army included, the sequester is going to bite right through the muscle to the bone.”
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If you’re following us on Facebook, you’ll have seen us share a number of photos from exercise Garuda Shield 2013 over the past week. Now, we’re pleased to bring you as article that provides more insight into the full exercise.
Article by Raymond Drumsta, New York Army National Guard (originally published on Army.mil, June 21, 2013)
CILIDONG, Indonesia (June 21, 2013) — Paratroopers of two nations shared the sky, mud and jump wings during Garuda Shield 13, the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to strengthen military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international peace support operations.
Paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and the Indonesian Army’s 17th Airborne Brigade, made four jumps together, June 15-18, capping the last one with a joint assault on a building. The paratroopers also exchanged jump wings after the missions.
The Airborne troops filled the days leading up to the jumps with some intensive, joint training. The American troops trained the Indonesians on things like breaching and clearing buildings, and the Indonesian Soldiers taught the Americans ways to survive in the jungle — such as catching snakes, cooking them and eating them.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeffery Wiltsey, a native of Anchorage, Ala., stands vigilant in the gunner’s turret atop a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a convoy en route to Forward Operating Base Naghlu High, May 1, 2013.
MRAP gunners are the eyes-and-ears for personnel inside the fortified vehicles and provide information to the truck commander. Wiltsey serves as personnel officer assigned to Security Force Assistance Advisory Team 15, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, based out of Fort Hood, Texas.
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade, Task Force Long Knife Public Affairs)
The first unit of the New Zealand Army has been issued its sets of the new Multi-Terrain Camouflage Uniform (MCU), and photos have been released today showing the new uniforms in use.
Incorporating a camouflage pattern designed by Guy Cramer of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corporation, and featuring some style cues taken from Crye Precision, the new MCU is quite a departure from the old DPM Combat Uniform.