First Army Division East trains, provides readiness oversight, and validates mobilized Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers (as well as members of the Navy and Air Force) for combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, Guantanamo Bay and Kosovo to the highest standards possible. It is not only our mission, but also our duty and sacred trust as we train and prepare America's sons and daughters for the most demanding of challenges they will face while deployed.
This year, First Army Division East will mobilize, train and deploy about 93,000 Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, as well as Department of State and Department of Agriculture professionals. About 88,000 Servicemembers were trained and deployed last year under our training program. We have trained units from every state and territory in the country and units made up of Soldiers from nearly every State in the country - the record is a brigade combat team composed of members of 44 States. Our units range in size from brigade combat teams of more than 4,000 Soldiers, to postal affairs detachments of just nine Soldiers. The skills they must master range from basic weapons marksmanship and common Army Warrior Tasks, to synchronized command and control of all doctrinal warfighting functions and theater-wide-sustainment.
First Army Division East's area of responsibility covers 27 states and territories east of the Mississippi River. Our nine training brigades, located around the east coast, provide training at one of our five mobilization training centers that are located at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Dix, N.J.; Camp Shelby, Miss; and Camp Atterbury, Ind. Each brigade is commanded by a Department of the Army central-select combat arms colonel, all seasoned professionals with extensive training expertise and combat experience.
Located at historic Fort George G. Meade, the division's headquarters' workforce is comprised of more than 200 personnel culled from active component, Army Reserve, National Guard, Operation Warrior Trainers, individual mobilization augmentees, Department of the Army civilians and contractors. This workforce, coupled with the brigades, work diligently to ensure that all deploying units, "Train for Combat!"
First Army Division East mobilizes, trains, validates and deploys Reserve component units in accordance with combatant commander, Department of the Army and Forces Command Directives. As directed, provides training to joint, interagency, combined and active Army Forces.