|SAN ANTONIO, (Army News Service) — Chief of Staff of
the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. asked the crowd of about 2,000 how
they were doing, and after a hearty “Hooha” response, he proceeded to
tell them how they were doing.
Casey iterated statistics and time lines for the present while laying
out a future for Soldiers of the 21st century, unveiling the
Installation Management Command’s campaign plan during the Association
of the United States Army’s 2010 Army Installations Symposium &
Exposition, March 29.
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen.
George W. Casey, Jr., speaks to Army leadership personnel during
the Association of the United States Army’s 2010 Installations
Symposium & Exposition in San Antonio.
Photo by L.A.Shively
“What you do is so important to the long-term health of this force,”
Casey said, adding he wanted to personally deliver the operational
context of the plan and stressed leadership focus on change as the Army
He said objectives set in 2007 to rebalance a force stretched from
current demands by 2011 were already, or nearly met this year and
included supporting strategic objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan;
sustaining Soldiers, Families and the civilian work force; establishing
an integrated management system for Army business operations;
implementing leadership development; and, continuing to transform the
Army for an uncertain future.
A first priority for Army rebalancing was growth, said Casey. Originally
slated for an increase of 74,000 Soldiers by 2012, with 65,000 on active
duty and the rest in the Reserve and Guard, the objective was met in
“We’re three years ahead of time and it wasn’t a moment too soon with
the plus up in Afghanistan,” Casey said.
Readjusting dwell time — the amount of time Solders spend at home
between deployments — was significant for Casey.
“It’s clear to me the most important thing we can do in the Army to
restore balance is increase the time Soldiers are at home; not just so
they can spend time with their Families — that’s important — but so they
can recover themselves.”
Casey cited a scientific study completed last year concluded Soldier
recovery between deployments takes two to three years for a one-year
deployment. He said 70 percent of the active force will have a two-year
dwell time and 80 percent of Reserve and Guard a four-year dwell by
2011. The remaining force will be included in the schedule by 2012.
“When you see a unit that’s had 18 months at home, it’s light years
different than 12 months at home. You can already see the impact,” Casey
Planned since 2004, all 300 Army brigades were set to convert to modular
organizations. Casey said 90 percent are completed; the rest will
convert by the end of the year.
“Taken together, modular reorganization and rebalancing is the largest
organizational change of the Army since World War II,” he said, “and
we’ve done it while we’ve deployed 150,000 Soldiers over and back to
Iraq and Afghanistan every year. That’s a lot of moving parts.”
Casey discussed the process of moving 160,000 Soldiers with skills
necessary in Cold War, to skills which are more relevant today.
He said the Army has already stood down 200 tank companies, artillery
batteries and stood up corresponding numbers of civil affairs,
psychological operations, special forces and military police units.
“We’re about two-thirds of the way through that and will be done by the
end of the year.”
Casey announced a new rotational model that brought several gasps from
members of the audience. Casey said rotational schedules originally
drawn up in 2005 were not implemented as a result of demand. But with
drawdown in Iraq, he said he is seeing a way ahead and will publish
deployment schedules for the next three years in the next 60 days.
“Consolidate, assess and refine — those are the three things that I see
going on over the course of the rest of this year as we build the 2017
program, “Casey said.