We publish this issue of INFANTRY as our Army "goes rolling along," very much living up to our Army song in these interesting times. In the midst of a global pandemic, our Army continues to execute missions around the world while simultaneously pursuing modernization efforts in pursuit of overmatch against near-peer adversaries. Absent context, many are tempted to view today’s challenges as new or unique. In many ways, however, these challenges are not unfamiliar to our very experienced Army. In fact, it is precisely because of our determination to overcome all challenges that our Army remains the unrivaled force that we are.
Napoleon famously said, "Amateurs discuss tactics; the professionals discuss logistics." The counterinsurgency (COIN) fight has left many first sergeants (1SGs) lacking knowledge and experience about sustainment operations, particularly in rifle companies. Resupplying a rifle company is a deliberate operation that takes planning and ingenuity. While there are many ways to conduct resupply operations, my intent is to help rifle company 1SGs understand that sustaining the company is their responsibility. In large-scale combat operations (LSCO), sustainment operations are the lifeblood of the fight.
Long-term readiness and planning efforts are required to demonstrate such proficiency in strategic mobility. As an Army, we must look at how we rapidly execute joint strategic mobility in order to provide command and control of maneuver elements on the modern battlefield. This operation starts long before the first call is received at a division operations center.
As our military continues to transition from conducting counterinsurgency to focusing on large-scale combat operations, we face a new set of challenges inherent in urban operations... It is imperative that infantry companies understand the advantages of true combined arms fighting and work to achieve combined arms synchronization in urban combat; this article presents vignettes from a rifle company’s actions at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, CA.
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