Legendary Ranger, Veteran of 3 Wars Dies

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Retired Lt. Gen. David Grange at a Ranger School graduation.
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Legendary Ranger, Veteran of 3 Wars Dies

Retired Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr., a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam and the revered namesake of the Army’s Best Ranger Competition, died Sept. 11. He was 97.

Investing in Warfighters is Army Priority

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Investing in Warfighters is Army Priority

As the Army pursues its most ambitious modernization effort in decades, people remain at the center of everything, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said.

“The thing about warfighting is it’s not just about equipment,” McConville said July 28 during the Association of the U.S. Army’s inaugural Warfighter Summit and Exposition near Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “You can’t execute strategy, you can’t execute plans, unless you have great squads, platoons and companies, because they’re the ones who actually do it.”

New Platform Adds Speed, Lethality to Infantry Units

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New Platform Adds Speed, Lethality to Infantry Units

The authors of a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army argue that investing in the Mobile Protected Firepower platform will keep soldiers in the fight while returning “shock effect” to infantry brigade combat teams. 

Army Resuming Large-Scale European Training

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Army Resuming Large-Scale European Training

More than 6,000 U.S. and Polish soldiers will participate in a June exercise marking the U.S. Army’s gradual return to large-scale training exercises amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exercise, named Allied Spirit, was originally scheduled for May, and it was to be linked with Defender-Europe 2020, the Army’s largest exercise in Europe in decades. Defender-Europe was largely canceled because of the pandemic.

Infantry Museum Needs Votes for Readers’ Choice Poll

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Infantry Museum Needs Votes for Readers’ Choice Poll

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center needs your vote.

The museum, located just outside the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, is nominated in two categories of USA Today’s 2020 readers’ choice poll: Best Free Museum and Best History Museum.

The 190,000-square-foot museum is the only Army museum nominated in those categories.

“We were named Best Free Museum in 2016, and we’re determined to win again,” said retired Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, president and chief operating officer of the National Infantry Museum Foundation.

U.S. Army Needs Capabilities Boost to Match Others

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U.S. Army Needs Capabilities Boost to Match Others

Overall capability puts the U.S. Army “in a league of its own,” but there are some capability gaps because of modernization efforts by other nations, the Rand Corp. concludes in a new report comparing U.S. systems with those of its foreign counterparts. 

“No other army in the world has the same depth and breadth of capability,” concludes Rand’s paper, “Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts: Identifying Possible Capability Gaps and Insights from Other Armies.” 

Guard Brigade Touts Success of 3rd ID Partnership

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Guard Brigade Touts Success of 3rd ID Partnership

When soldiers with the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Afghanistan early this year, they wore the patch of the 3rd Infantry Division.

The patch change was the result of the Army’s Associated Units Program, which aligned the Guard brigade with the active-duty division for more than three years.

Soldiers Must Be Ready for Tech-Free Battles

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Soldiers Must Be Ready for Tech-Free Battles

Senior U.S. Army enlisted members caution that increasing reliance on technology may be eroding essential soldiering skills.

At the Association of the U.S. Army-sponsored LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Honolulu, U.S. command sergeants major warned that the advantages technology is bringing to battlefields in targeting, navigation, automation and communications take time to master, and may leave less time for training on basic soldier tasks.