CSA Visits LSA


LSA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's 35th Chief of Staff, arrived here Monday for a series of meetings with LSA Anaconda commanders and a visit to the 13th COSCOM command center.

Schoomaker received a briefing on the COSCOM's current situation before speaking to the assembled battle staff about Army transformation as well as recent budgeting and funding decisions.

He said the force is restructuring into modular formations: combat forces, brigade combat teams and units of action.

Also the American fighting force is rebalancing between the active components of the Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. At the same time, officials are focused on stabilizing the force, offering more stability and a more predictable lifestyle for the military member.

Soldiers expressed a better understanding of the Army's current direction after hearing the CSA's remarks.

Schoomaker also emphasized the warrior ethos and distributed dog tags containing the printed ethos to all present.


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Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army’s 35th Chief of Staff, and Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, 13th COSCOM Commander