Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Taking smart action to help the larger organization

Story by Maj. John Alderman IV
State Public Affairs Officer
Sept. 24, 2012

I think one of the secrets of the U.S. Army's success in modern, decentralized operations, is the "nested" effect of our operations order format. We don't just tell subordinates what to do --- we tell them what the higher headquarters is doing as well. That nested format is the enabler of what people say is our key advantage over adversaries: Initiative.

What's our higher headquarters' higher headquarters' higher headquarters concerned about right now? How does what we're doing in the Georgia Guard at drill next month fit into the larger picture?

Last week the Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Ingram, presented to leaders his five strategic imperatives for the Army Guard.
1. Preserve the operational Army National Guard.
2. Generate ready units and Soldiers.
3. Partner with combatant commanders to provide relevant, ready forcescapable of performing unified land operations worldwide.
4. Provide the nation's force of choice for domestic operations.
5. Enhance the ARNG's core strengths, character, and culture.

Below are links to two documents: One, a summary slide deck that will give you the basics, and the other a detailed booklet that provides some details. Between them, we leaders have a good opportunity to see how we can act within larger organizational goals to make the Georgia Guard all it can be.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

78th Homeland Response Force: On Call, We’re Ready

By Maj. Stephen Tucker
78th Homeland Response Force Plans Chief and Senior Liaison Officer
Published in the Small Wars Journal
Sept. 14, 2012

Following the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, ten Homeland Response Forces (HRF) were directed for creation within the National Guard Bureau for a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) response. Georgia was one of ten states selected to stand up these new unit types.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Place where war becomes personal

Public Affairs Officer, 165th Airlift Wing
Georgia Air National Guard

I recently had the honor of visiting a friend at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, which is the first destination in the continental United States for caring for the wounded, ill and injured from global conflicts.

It was one of the most sobering and uncomfortable experiences of my life, yet invaluable.

The bloodiest day: Lee turned back at Sharpsburg

Story and Photos 1st Lt. William Carraway
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs Office
Sept. 10, 2012

Four days after Second Manassas, the Army of Northern Virginia, 55,000 strong, crossed the Potomac River into Maryland. General Robert E. Lee hoped to achieve a victory on northern soil and win official recognition of the Confederacy by a foreign power.

On September 9, 1862, Lee drafted General Order 191, which directed the movements of his army. Copies of the order were dispatched to his subordinate commands which were dispersed from Harpers Ferry, W.Va. to Hagerstown, Md.

Major Gen. George McClellan’s 75,000-man Army of the Potomac, only recently returned from the Peninsula Campaign, was in characteristically slow pursuit of Lee and his formidable force. President Abraham Lincoln understood that official recognition of the Confederacy would end the conflict as effectively as French intervention ended the American Revolution. He had drafted an executive order designed to free slaves held in the rebellious states with the intent of preventing foreign recognition of the Confederacy. Upon the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln had withheld the order until the Union achieved a victory, lest the proclamation appear to be made out of desperation.