By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
Kenneth Williamson, the chief executive officer of the U.S.
Army Reserve, said many challenges will occur during the restructuring
of the Army Reserve. Williamson
spoke to attendees of the Fort McCoy American Society of Military
Comptrollers Green Tree Chapter meeting Nov. 17.
Chief Executive Officer of the
Army Reserve Kenneth Williamson speaks about Army Reserve
restructuring during a presentation at
. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Williamson also included the impact of the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations, which became law Nov.
9, in the presentation. Williamson assumed his position as chief
executive officer of the U.S. Army Reserve in August 1998.
Prior to assuming his current position, he was the U.S. Army
Reserve deputy G-1 (Personnel).
"A lot of what I want to share with you is a conceptual
approach to let you know how dynamic it is,"
Williamson said. "A lot of it is correct, but some of the
terms have changed (and some of the time lines may change)." He
is providing executive oversight of integrating the Army Reserve's
transformation with BRAC 05.
"The train has moved out of the station, hop on board,
there will be many whistle stops along the way," Williamson said.
"Our commander chose to use BRAC as a way of causing
(irreversible) change to occur in the Army Reserve."
And as if this wouldn't be challenging enough in normal times,
Williamson said, the restructuring is occurring while the nation
continues to fight the Global War on Terrorism.
The Army leadership structure allows the combatant commanders
in Iraq and Afghanistan to run their missions and responds to and
builds capabilities to meet their requests, which also can impact the
restructuring actions and time lines.
The future of the Army Reserve will include many challenges,
such as inactivations of some units, activations of other units, and
the restructuring of the Army Reserve force to meet mission needs, he
As for Fort McCoy's role in the restructuring, the Army Reserve
leadership recognizes the Fort McCoy mission and its role as a Power
Projection Platform (PPP).
"You do such a good job of preparing Soldiers for
us," he said. "Some of the changes will affect the types of
units coming through here and the missions (they do). It also changes
some of the higher headquarters checking on them."
Williamson said BRAC 05 is scheduled to occur between Fiscal
Years (FY) 06 through 11.
The Army Reserve planned and is initiating restructuring in FY
06-07 to enable us to compete for BRAC funding early in the process.
After funding is determined, the Army Reserve plans to have the
actions completed within four years, he said.
A broad time line to implement the plans will be developed in
the next few weeks, Williamson said.
One of the things that will occur is the 11 Regional Readiness
Commands (RRC) and three Regional Readiness Groups will stand down.
Regional Readiness Sustainment Commands (RRSCs) will be
established at Fort McCoy; Fort Dix, N.J.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; and
Moffett Field, Calif. Each of the four
RRSCs will provide support services, such as administration and
base operations functions in their respective region. Fort McCoy's
RRSC is scheduled to perform many of the functions that the 88th RRC
of Fort Snelling, Minn., currently performs, but will not perform
The command-and-control functions currently provided by the
88th RRC will be retained at Fort Snelling or transferred to another
organization established there to handle them, he said.
The Army Reserve, under the leadership of Lt. Gen. James R.
Helmly, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command, has been an active
player and full partner in these developments and has coordinated with
the Army on the Army Reserve structure design after BRAC rather than
being told what its future shape and role will be.
A major area being studied is how to efficiently align Soldiers
to newly created units that will meet the required personnel strength
and skills to accomplish unit missions,
Currently, many Soldiers have to be cross-leveled to help units
meet their mission requirements.
The new system will address these concerns, he said, and better
position the Army Reserve for future success.