First Army East
Definition/Scope: 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, Guantanamo Bay and Kosovo to the highest standards possible. Since achieving full operational capability in January 2007, First Army Division East has trained and validated more than 60,000 Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors as well as Department of State and Department of Agriculture professionals. In 1995, First Army left Fort Meade, MD and was reorganized at Fort Gillem, GA. On January 16, 2006, First Army's mission expanded to include the training, readiness oversight, and mobilization for all U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard units within the continental United States and two U.S. territories. First Army assumed authority from Fifth Army, which was transforming into U.S. Army North – assuming nationwide responsibility for homeland security. With its new role, First Army developed two subordinate multi-component headquarters - one division to support the eastern United States and the other to support the western United States. First Army Division West was activated at Fort Carson, Colorado but is currently moving the headquarters to Fort Hood, TX. First Army Division East was activated on March 7, 2007 and is headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. First Army Division East’s area of responsibility covers 27 states and territories east of the Mississippi River. Their nine training brigades, located around the east coast, provide training at one of 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. 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. Their training brigades include 157th, 158th, 174th, 188th, 189th, and the 205th IN BDE's, 177th AR BDE, 72nd FA BDE, and the 4th CAV BDE.
Broader Terms:Army National Guard
Narrower Terms:Army National Guard
Related Terms:First Army West