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Armor Magazine, January-February 1992

Armor Magazine, January-February 1992

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Tra
Tank
The “good-byes” are outnumbering the“welcomes
.”
Putting our reduction
in
force in perspective,Secretary of the Army Michael P.W. Stone said,“Over the next few years, the Department
of
Defense will reduce its work force by moreworkers than GM would
if
it closed down its en-tire
U.S.
operation.” The specifics:-cut about
250,000
soldiers, NCOs and offi-cers by 1995-cut about 100,000 civilians by 1995--close 81 bases and
7
of 14 ammo plants inthe
U.S.
-Close or turn over some 160 sites over-seas.For the next couple years, tankers, and caval-rymen who have served proudly and with greatdevotion and professional acumen, will beamong the hundreds of thousands who will re-turn to civilian life. They are victims not of in-competence but of their own mission accom-plishment. They and those who came beforeforced the end of monolithic Communism andthus wounded their own raison d’etre.
I
can’t think of a more difficult time to be acommander. All must counsel each and everyman in the unit to help him make the choice tostay, retire, or strike camp. And some mustcase the unit colors for perhaps the last time.
It
is fitting that we salute the great units that haveserved our nation with distinction for manyyears, which have passed
or
will pass out ofthe Active Force but not out of the memories ofthose who wore their patches or unit insignia:
VI1
Corps8th ID3-35 Armor4-32 Armor1-69 Armor4-34 Armor4-7 Cavalry4-66 Armor3-66 Armor
2d
ACR3d
AD
1-35 Armor4-8 Cavalry
3-8
Cavalry4-69 Armor
3-7
Cavalry4-70 Armor2-66 Armor6-40 ArmorWe will miss these 13 tank battalions and fivecavalry squadrons, but we will not forget themor what they have done.For those who remain in uniform and
in
theArmor Force, the challenges will remain. It’s anew world in which we must operate
-
nethat we helped create, and it calls for qualityleadership and top-notch people. Secretary ofDefense Dick Cheney summed it up. “There willbe good careers available for top quality peo-ple. It will be more competitive than it’s everbeen before, it will be tougher to get in, andthere will be higher standards to stay.”This club has become more exclusive. Thosewho stay should feel proud of their accomplish-ments and more than a little lucky.For those who go on to other things, you cantake great pride in knowing that you made adifference. Your being here helped to changethe world, and your large footprints attest towhere you’ve been. You’ve mattered. You’vecounted. We’ve been proud to serve with you.Thank you and Godspeed.-PJC
By Order
of
the Secretary
of
the Army:
GORDON
R.
SULLIVAN
General, United States ArmyChief of Staff
Official:
-4-
MILTON
H.
HAMILTON
Administrative Assistant to theSecretary of the Army
 
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ARMOR
The Professional Development Bulletin
of
the Armor Branch PB-
17-92-
1
Editor-in4 hiefMAJOR (P) PATRICK
J.
COONEYManaging
Editor
JON
TCLEMENSCommandant
MG
THOMAS C. FOLEY
ARMOR
(ISSN
0004-2420) is publishedbimonthly by the
U.S.
Army Armor Center, 4401Vine
Grove
Road, Fort Knox,
KY
401 21.Disclaimer:
The
information contained
in
ARMOR represents the professional opinions ofthe authors
and
does
not necessarily reflect
the
official Army or TRADOC position, nor does itchange or supersede any information presentedin
other
official Amy publications.Official distribution is limited
to
me
copy foreach armored brigade headquarters, armoredcavalry regiment headquarters, armor battalionheadquarters. armored cavalry squadron head-quarters, reconnaissance squadron head-quarters, armored cavalry troop, armor company,and motorized brigade headquarters of theUnited States Amy. In addition, Army libraries,Army and DOD schools,
HQ
DA and MACOMstaff agencies with responsibility for armored,direct fire, ground combat systems,organizations, and
the
training of personnel forsuch organizations may request
two
copies bysending a military etter
to
the editor-in-chief.Authorized Content: ARMOR will print onlythose materials for which the
U.S.
Amy ArmorCenter has proponency. That pmponencyincludes: all armored, direct-fire ground combatsystems that
do
not serve primarily as infantrycarriers; all weapons used exclusively in thesesystems or by CMF 19-series enlisted soldiers;any miscellaneous items
of
equipment whicharmor and armored cavalry organizations useexclusively; training for all
SC
12A. 128, and12C officers and for all CMF-19-series enlistedsoldiers; and information concerning the training,logistics, history. and leadership of armor andarmored cavalry units at the brigaddregimentlevel and below,
to
indude Threat units at thoselevels.Material may
be
reprinted, provided credit isgiven
to
ARMOR and to the author, exceptwhere copyright is indicated.
January-February
1992,
Vol.
CI
No.
1
Features
7
“Super Sixers” Were
In
Heavy ContactDuring
Most
of
WWli Campaign
in
Europe10 Abrams Vehicles Fires: An Analysis
of
FY91by Gregory M. Skaff12 The 823d
at
Mortain: Heroes Ailby
Dr.
Charles M. Baily and Mr. Jay Karamaies19 The Mounted Breach
-
Making
it
Work”by Captain Watter
A.
Ware24 A Leap
of
Faithby Colonel Lon
E.
Maggatt
33
The Battie-Focused Combined ArmsTraining Strategy (CATS): Armorby Colonel Joseph
D.
Molinari and Mike Kelley
40
Reserve Component Enhancement Trainingby Major Jimmy Jones
44
Integrating IPB
into
Paragraph
Three
(And Other OPORD Briefing Techniques)by Captain Gregory
P.
Rowe
47
Dust Clouds on the Horizon, Thoughts
of
the Futureby Command Sergeant Major Kurt G. Bensch
Jr.
49
COFT Matrix: What
Do
the Numbers Mean?by Command Sergeant Major Jake Fryer and Paul
D.
Foran
Departments
2 Letters
2
Contacts4 Commander’s Hatch
6
Driver’s Seat
52
Bustle Rack
53
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