A campaign plan is a series of major operations and efforts across the joint, interagency and multinational spectrums aimed at achieving strategic and operational objectives in a defined time and space. It provides the framework that directs all current and future operations.
It is it important that Third Army/ARCENT implements this new campaign plan. Every organization has to assess itself and decide if the direction it is headed is the direction that should be continued. Third Army/ARCENT leadership determined it needs to make some adjustments to the direction we are headed and we will accomplish this by implementing a new campaign plan.
Third Army/ARCENT has successfully transitioned physically from Fort McPherson, Ga. to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and must now transition to a new mindset. We must be able to anticipate and adapt to our changing operational environment, which includes the Middle East. It is critical we be prepared to be more than just a logistical headquarters, but a warfighting one as well. We will be the ones U.S Central Command or the Department of the Army calls on to be the Team of Teams to accomplish the complex missions in the Middle East. This new campaign plan helps focus on our new objectives and is and will be an avenue to reach our end state. Third Army/ARCENT’s efforts in the Middle East are key to our diplomacy in the Middle East as Third Army/ ARCENT is a key player in U.S. Foreign policy.
Third Army/ARCENT remains relevant to the Army and USCENTCOM by being ready for known and unanticipated requirements, while also adapting to meet the demands for changing regional and U.S. domestic environments. I intend to do this by focusing on the following Lines of Effort (LOEs): Ready, Shape, Sustain, Transition, and Communicate.
READY: Third Army/ARCENT is ready tonight to rapidly respond to contingencies in the volatile Middle East and Central Asia. We are continuously developing plans, rehearsing and executing missions, and our deployable Contingency Command Post is able to provide mission command for a joint task force.
SUSTAIN: We sustain the fight by coordinating security and logistics throughout the region and are supporting retrograde operations from Afghanistan—all of the supplies and military equipment to forces in that conflict go through our area. Third Army also provides Army Support to Other Services and acts as executive agent in the CENTCOM area for programs such as the Rest and Recuperation (R&R) program, retrograde operations, joint security coordination operations, defensive cyber operations and detainee operations.
SHAPE: We shape the future every day by working alongside and training with our partners. That is the key to the access the U.S. needs to protect our national security interests. America’s Middle Eastern and Central Asian allies operate side-by-side with us in an array of operations to ensure common capability and common security, including identifying and mitigating transnational threats that affect all our citizens. We also conduct hundreds of theater security cooperation events across our area of operations including exercises, exchanges, symposiums and seminars.
TRANSITION: Third Army/ARCENT has experience, training, and forward presence, but we must continue to transition for tomorrow. We are anticipating and adapting to our changing operational environment—including the Arab Spring, resource constraints and changing technologies—by using a campaign plan: a series of major operations and efforts that directs our current and future operations.
COMMUNICATE: Third Army/ARCENT accomplishes its objectives through effective communication, simultaneously nesting its messages across all spectrums. Communication supports the other Lines of Effort (LOEs) through internal synchronization and nesting with joint, interagency, and national command communication efforts.
This will be the plan that guides us on a day-to-day basis; it will be the reason why we do what we are doing and will be the guide we follow on what it is we expect to have accomplished. And this is part of the Transition line of effort; we have a requirement and an opportunity to become tied very closely with the Air Force, our joint neighbors, and also with our neighbors off the base in Sumter and all the way up to Columbia, S.C.