First Army Division East
Definition/Scope: (1AE) First Army Division East (1AE) is responsible for mobilizing, training and deploying Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen along with selected members of the interagency and intergovernmental departments to provide trained and ready Reserve Component forces to the regional combatant commanders for worldwide military operations. 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, Colo., but is currently moving the headquarters to Fort Hood, Texas. First Army Division East was activated on March 7, 2007, and is headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Md. First Army Division East was established by Department of the Army Permanent Order 156-7 to provide training and readiness oversight and mobilization operations for an area of responsibility spanning 27 states and territories east of the Mississippi River. The division?s mission is to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders for worldwide military operations. The division is organized into nine brigades located throughout the eastern United States with 52 total battalions. Division East currently operates three mobilization training centers located at Camp Atterbury, Ind.; Camp Shelby, Miss.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Broader Terms:Army National Guard
Narrower Terms:205th Infantry Brigade
Related Terms:Fort Gillem