ARMY Magazine June 2009 

Volume 59, Number 6

Listed below are selected articles and features of our June 2009 issue. To read all the articles in ARMY Magazine, join AUSA and get a subscription as part of your membership.

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 Front & Center

Training Development for an Expeditionary Army
By GEN Martin E. Dempsey
The Army must “become increasingly innovative in our training if we are to develop the versatile units and agile leaders required for the future.”

Iraq: Three Movements, but No Symphony
By LTG James M. Dubik, USA Ret.
“Insurgencies do not end with surrender agreements—they dry up over time because the insurgents can no longer attract followers.”

234 Years of Selfless Service
By BG Harold W. Nelson, USA Ret.
“In this year of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), we reflect on the centuries of service of our Army’s NCO Corps ...”

Let’s Return to the ‘Full Spectrum’ NCO
By CSM Jimmie W. Spencer, USA Ret.
The Army seems “to have lost sight of the importance of basic soldier tasks in the development of NCOs.”


 Selected Features

21st Theater Sustainment Command: Transforming in Support of U.S. Army Europe
By MG Yves J. Fontaine and MAJ Grant Morris
Transformed from a theater support command to the Army’s single logistics provider in Europe, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command—the only forward-stationed, active-component theater sustainment command—adapts to the changing needs of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army.

Building and Maintaining Army Readiness and Combat Power Field Manual 4-0 Sustainment
By MG James E. Chambers
A new edition of Field Manual 4-0 Sustainment, the Army’s keystone document for sustainment during full spectrum operations, represents doctrinal transformation supporting the modular force.

ARFORGEN: Maturing the Model, Refining the Process
By GEN Charles C. Campbell
Implemented in 2006, the rotational Army force generation is both a model and a process that builds unit readiness over time to meet Army requirements, enabling the Army to meet combatant commanders’ demands for quality, ready forces while maintaining the sustainable efficiency required for today’s persistent conflict.

Year of the NCO—Building Blocks of NCO Leadership Development
Photographs by Dennis Steele
The Army’s routinely held competitions such as the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification test are fundamental in developing noncommissioned officers at the unit level.

Tal Afar 2005: Laying the Counterinsurgency Groundwork
By MAJ Jay B. Baker
The battle for the ancient city of Tal Afar from summer 2005 to winter 2006, led by COL H.R. McMaster and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, was the first successful counterinsurgency campaign for U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and helped shape how the Army has fought subsequent battles.

Year of the NCO—Producing Professionals: The NCO Academy Revamped
Text and Photographs by Dennis Steele
Curriculum changes at the U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Knox, Ky., have expanded NCO participation in staff and command functions, broadened NCO perspectives and prepared participants to be as adaptive as necessary.

CompanyCommand—Building Combat-Ready Teams: Sharing What We Learn
Two members of the CC forum describe their backgrounds, their experiences and their commands, sharing the valuable lessons they have learned.




Washington Report

News Call

Soldier Armed

Historically Speaking


Normandy to Victory: The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges & the First U.S. Army
MAJ William C. Sylvan and CPT Francis G. Smith Jr

The Gettysburg Companion: The Complete Guide to America’s Most Famous Battle
Mark Adkin

When Baseball Went to War
Edited by Todd Anton & Bill Nowlin.

The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie
Ira Berkow

Atomic America: How a Deadly Explosion and a Feared Admiral Changed the Course of Nuclear History
Todd Tucker

Brady’s Civil War Journal: Photographing the War 1861–65
Theodore P. Savas