Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Creates Multi-Compo Training Support Command

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Army Creates Multi-Compo Training Support Command

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FORT BELVOIR, Va.-The last Theater Army Area Command went away this week as U.S. Army Japan reorganized and activated a multi-composition unit formed mostly of reservists.

The 9th Theater Support Command (TSC), activated Oct. 14, consists of about 40 active-duty soldiers at Camp Zama, Japan, and 400 Army Reserve troops at Fort Belvoir, Va., located 9,000 miles and 14 hours away.

The senior logistics headquarters in the Army Reserve, the 53year-old 310th Theater Support Command, cased its colors Saturday and merged with the 40-year-old 9th Theater Army Area Command the Army's last TAACOM. They formed the new 9th Theater Support Command with headquarters in Japan, with the bulk of its people based in Virginia.

The new unit is the latest multi-component active-reserve unit. The merger, officials said, gives 9th TSC the manpower to carry out its mission, logistics support of the Army's Pacific Command.

The merger is part of the continuing trend to combine active Army and Army Reserve units to support the Army's worldwide commitments, officials said, and to take continuing advantage of the skills and experience reservists can bring to active-duty units.

"We have the mission, and merging with the 310th gives us the people we need to carry it out," said Maj. Gen. Alan D. Johnson, commander of the 9th TSC and U.S. Army Japan. "The whole idea of the multi-component unit is to give active army units additional resources to accomplish the mission.

Maj. Gen. David J. Kaucheck, the 31 Oth commander, said, "We have worked on our relationship with 9th TSC for four years to determine how best we could blend the skills and experience of our officers and soldiers in Virginia with the needs of the command and its headquarters in Japan. …

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