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Army ramps up Pacific training, deployment, exercises

The Army is boosting exercises and engagements with its partners in the Pacific, which means more opportunities for as many as 15,000 soldiers to train in places such as South Korea, Japan, India, New Zealand and Australia. And that’s just the beginning.

Under a sweeping campaign plan that’s part of the Defense Department’s renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region and the Army’s effort to regionally align its forces across the globe, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific is taking advantage of the combat-seasoned troops at his disposal.

 

Odierno: Select rates, officer levels to drop

The Army will use several legal and administrative measures to deal with officers who are passed over for promotion as select rates tighten during the coming drawdown.

Projections indicate that 3,000 to 5,000 officers will leave service through some sort of involuntary separation program.

With 551,000 soldiers, the active component is scheduled for a drawdown that will take the force to 490,000 by the end of 2017, a reduction of 61,000 soldiers.


‘Proactive’ cyber soldiers make up brigade, new MOS

The Army is looking for a few good cyber warriors — smart soldiers to work behind the scenes protecting the service’s networks and striking back when called upon.

The service is ramping up its first cyber brigade, the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, and filling the ranks of its cryptologic network warfare specialists in military occupational specialty 35Q.

“There are things that don’t make headlines that we’re doing on our networks all the time, and we’re getting away from just being reactive. We’re being proactive,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dan Gutierrez, the cryptologic network warfare senior enlisted adviser with the Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “Bottom line, these soldiers are going to be very busy.”

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