Over the next two years, the 18th Corps [located at Ft. Bragg, NC] will shed its responsibility to oversee the training and readiness of its other three divisions — the 10th Mountain of Fort Drum, N.Y., the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 82nd Airborne.
About two months after it returns from Afghanistan, the 82nd Airborne will begin reporting directly to Forces Command [which will relocate from Ft. MacPherson in Atlanta to Ft Bragg by 2010] on March 8. The “All American” division has four brigades of paratroopers that can be airdropped into enemy territory.
The changes are part of an Army reorganization known as “transformation.” The Army is changing its focus from cumbersome dissimilar divisions of 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers to look-alike, readily deployable brigade combat teams of 3,000 to 5,000.
These “modular” brigades will be able to deploy independently and work for any headquarters.
Fort Bragg will have six brigades that are not part of a division after the transformation (rather than 12 now). These will also report to the 82nd, leaving the 18th Corps with no subordinate units.
In its new role, the 18th Corps headquarters will be ready to deploy overseas and be in charge of units from throughout the Army, from other branches of the U.S. military and from other countries.
Lots of reconnecting of the dots.