The U.S. Army today created a transition team of Soldiers at Camp Zama, Japan, to plan the establishment of a I Corps forward headquarters element.
This transition team is the first step toward the implementation of the May 1, 2006 Japan-U.S. roadmap for a modernized U.S. Army command and control capability in Japan.
The establishment of a forward deployed headquarters will provide I Corps with a modernized command and control element that will allow it to deploy more quickly and more effectively to the defense of Japan or other contingencies in the Pacific region.
The I Corps forward headquarters should be fully established within a few months. The 9th Theater Support Command, currently at Camp Zama, will inactivate September 8, 2007.
Though planning begins for a I Corps forward headquarters element at Camp Zama, Japan, the establishment of forward headquarters does not require movement of personnel and equipment from Fort Lewis, Washington at this time.