G3/5/7: Operations, plans, training / Maj. Gen. Mark Graham

"We run the patch chart."

Deputies: Nathan Godwin, Senior Executive Service; Brig. Gen. Kenneth C. Roberts, director of Operations, Aviation and Maneuver Support
Sergeant major: Shawn J. Doucette
Staff: 441


Maj. Gen. Mark Graham holds up a pen to explain the difference between the old way of getting Army units ready to go to war and the new way.

He holds the pen up and down to illustrate the old way. The few units at the tip got the resources to be very ready. The bottom was the least ready.

Turn the pen on its side and you have the current system.

"So all units eventually get progressively ready to go," Graham said. "It allows the Army to focus its resources on those units that are in the middle of the train/ready cycle and then getting ready to be in the available year." The three phases are returning from war, training for war and available to deploy again.

Simply put, Forces Command's job is to generate combat-ready Army forces for deployment overseas.

Graham's staff is at the heart of that process, known as - you guessed it - Army force generation. Arforgen for short. About 200,000 soldiers from Forces Command are in 120 countries, and Graham oversees their readiness.

"From our building at Fort Bragg at Knox and Randolph, we talk to the whole world every day, not just America," Graham said. "We coordinate readiness around the world to make sure the American soldiers have the best equipment, the best training and (the units) are manned the best possible to go fight the nation's wars."

Graham coordinated the evacuation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Carol, lost a son in combat. They have been actively involved in suicide prevention after the death of their second son.