WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army
News Service) -- The Army has launched its latest Web site, Grow
the Army, to illustrate upcoming troop movements and upcoming unit
The site, http://www.army.mil/growthearmy,
features interactive maps, charts and graphs to show Soldiers and
their families where the Army's new 74,200 Soldiers, six infantry
brigade combat teams, eight active-component support brigades, and
various-sized combat-support and combat-service-support units will
move, grow or activate between fiscal years 2008 and 2013.
"The Army is undergoing the largest transformational
change since 1942," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen.
Richard Cody at a Pentagon press conference. "We've changed our
doctrine. We've changed our organizational structure to the Army
"We've changed the active component and the reserve
component, balancing between formations. We've changed modernization
and reset programs, and at the same time, under BRAC 2005, we're
changing the footprint of our Army to make it more agile, more
expeditionary, but also to place our formations and our family members
in camps and stations that have a higher quality of life, a higher
quality of training ranges so that we have the right formations so
that we are training as we would fight."
States are color-coded and users can click on them to see
specific stationing changes. The state of Texas, for example, is
scheduled to gain units at both Fort Bliss and Fort Hood because of
both 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act decisions and new
stationing decisions, so the state will be light green on the Web
Fort Bliss expects to gain more than 25,000 Soldiers, the 1st
Armored Division from Germany, three brigade combat teams, including
one from Germany, and a fires brigade.
It will be marked on the map by green, dark blue and blue stars
to represent "Infantry Brigade Combat Team," "Grow the
Army," and "Other Stationing Decisions," respectively.
Fort Hood is scheduled to gain slightly less than 6,000
Soldiers, an air-defense-artillery brigade headquarters and a
sustainment brigade. It has a dark blue star on the map for "Grow
" As soon as we got the comp(osite) approved, the team
worked to build out the site -- with the functionality where you could
click on each state included in the plan. We then worked to build out
the fact sheets with the information given," said Shannon Sady,
art director for the Army.mil team.