The United States Army (or simply U.S. Army) is a BLUFOR faction that has made appearances in almost every main game in the ArmA series to date, beginning with ArmA: Cold War Assault, to ArmA: Armed Assault, ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, and all the way up to ArmA 3.
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U.S. Army motto
The U.S. Army is the primary land force branch of the U.S. military.
Like its Marine counterpart, the U.S. Army is consistently one of the most technologically advanced factions throughout the entire ArmA series regardless of the era. Only the Russian military and Mediterranean/Pacific CSAT forces come close to being able to challenge it as peer factions.
ArmA: Cold War Assault
In ArmA: Cold War Assault, the U.S. forces based on Everon and Malden formed the vanguard of NATO's presence in the region. They served as a bulwark against the backdrop of then-Colonel (later General) Aleksei Guba's Soviet contingent.
At this time, notable members included Colonel Blake, the commander of all American forces in the region, David Armstrong, Sam Nichols, Robert Hammer, and James Gastovski, a black ops operator who would become one of the key supporters of the FIA.
ArmA: Armed Assault
Their initial presence is limited, but is later expanded and bolstered after the North commences its planned invasion of the South.
In ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army forces form the bulk of Task Force Knight, one of the many elements that form a part of the greater multi-national NATO coalition consisting of allied forces from the United Kingdom (the British Army), the Czech Republic (ACR), and German special forces (the KSK).
The bulk of TF Knight and its accompanying elements consisted of a mixture of ground forces from the Army's 1st Armored Division (1st AD) alongside airborne infantrymen from an unspecified division. They were also supported by units from the Army's elite 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) - their deployment estimated to be a platoon's worth of operators.
Notable personnel at this time included SAW gunner Corporal Howard Drake, special forces operator Sergeant Terry Graves (from the Army's elite 1st SFOD-D unit), tank commander Lieutenant Ben Herrera, and Apache pilot Captain Garry Pierce. The contingent was primarily coordinated by Colonel C.F. Kane, who served as commanding officer of all U.S. Army forces operating in the country.
In ArmA 3, U.S. Army forces (initially) consist of troops from the 7th Infantry Division (7th ID) who are assigned to the multi-national, NATO-sanctioned Task Force Aegis. They are tasked with maintaining peace and overseeing the uneasy ceasefire between the Altis Armed Forces (AAF) and Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) guerillas.
Later on following the Stratis Incident, the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) and the 21st Brigade Combat Team (21st BCT) are dispatched to the island nation, along with supporting naval and air elements from the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet.
A garrison is also based in the Eastern European country of Livonia, where they work alongside local troops from the Livonian Defense Force to deter infiltration attempts by its hostile Russian and Belarusian neighbours.
Notable personnel included Corporal Ben Kerry (the protagonist of The East Wind), Sergeants Conway and Adams of TF Aegis, and Colonel Andrew MacKinnon/David Armstrong; the commanders of TF Aegis and the 111th ID (respectively).
The U.S. Army has been a faction in almost every single conflict throughout the ArmA series, with only a handful of engagements not involving them in some way.
NOTE: Although generically categorised and labelled under "NATO" in-game, all NATO forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 3 except for those that are explicitly mentioned to be conventional/special forces from another country (i.e. CTRG) are for all intents and purposes U.S. Army troops.
Events of Resistance (1982)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA Cold War Assault's 'Resistance' campaign.
During the Soviet occupation of Nogova, a small U.S. black ops team led by Major James Gastovski covertly assisted the anti-Soviet partisan movement on the island. They provided shipments with the latest in Western-made firearms and equipment.
They also participated in attacks as the partisans made their final assault against the capital of Petrovice, destroying the Soviet communications centre to prevent the city's garrison from being reinforced.
When Guba attempted to annihilate the island's inhabitants in a last ditch attempt to cover his retreat, Gastovski's team attempted to assist the partisans by infiltrating the airport themselves. They are unsuccessful however, and are forced to retreat after being driven off by its defenders.
Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA Cold War Assault's 'Cold War Crisis' campaign.
Led once more by (now General) Guba, Soviet forces invade Everon and run up against the U.S. forces based on the island. The training camp is quickly destroyed, leaving no survivors to tell the tale of what had happened.
In response to the loss of communications, the commander of the U.S. Army garrison on nearby Malden, Colonel Blake, dispatches helicopter scouts to ascertain the identity of the camp's attackers. When the helicopters fail to return, he sends several squads to assault Everon itself.
Upon landing, they immediately come under fire from Guba's forces and retaliate. They retake the villages of Morton and for a few moments, Regine as well, but are forced to retreat when Soviet reinforcements threaten to overrun the counterinvasion force. After another assault against the city of Montignac, U.S. Army forces are completely overrun and take heavy losses while retreating back to Malden.
Weeks later, Malden itself is invaded by a massive Soviet amphibious force. The U.S. Army garrison is almost overrun as Soviet forces approach the main airport, but are stopped in their tracks by the combined efforts of (then Sergeant) David Armstrong's infantry and Lieutenant Robert Hammer's tank platoons along with the assistance of Maj. James Gastovski's black ops team.
After Malden is finally liberated of Soviet troops, Blake's forces; now reinforced by fresh U.S. Army troops from the continental United States, stages a second counterinvasion of Everon. With the help of the local Everon Freedom Alliance guerillas, U.S. Army forces are able to drive the Soviets literally into the sea after destroying their headquarters in Saint Pierre.
Blake's force then turned their focus to the Soviet-held territory of Kolgujev. After staging an amphibious landing on the southern side of the island, they began pushing north towards the Soviet HQ where Gen. Guba's remaining forces had fortified themselves at.
However, news comes in from Guba himself that a "special" weapon was being prepared for Blake's men, and that it would be used against them if they did not immediately withdraw from Kolgujev, Everon and Malden.
Maj. Gastovski infiltrates the Soviet HQ and manages to recover disarm codes for Guba's secret weapon, which turns out to be a stolen nuclear SCUD missile. As the flashpoint reaches breaking point, it fell down to Gastovski's team to hunt down the SCUD and destroy it before it could be used against U.S. Army forces.
After a fierce battle in central Kolgujev, the SCUD is finally destroyed by U.S. Army troops before it could be fully fuelled. However, Guba had actually hidden a second nuclear missile and was similarly prearing to use it against Blake's forces. Maj. Gastovski manages to intercept Guba before he can escape, and once again destroys the second hidden SCUD just seconds before launch.
With its destruction and Guba's subsequent capture, the flashpoint in the islands chain comes to a decisive end, and victory is achieved by U.S. Army forces.
Events of Armed Assault (2006)
A few elements of the U.S. Army were present in South Sahrani helping to train the country's armed forces, the Royal Army Corps of Sahrani (RACS). As the training mission came to an end, the U.S. Army began withdrawing its advisory forces from the island to return to the United States.
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA Armed Assault's 'Armed Assault' campaign.
Despite repeated warnings from intelligence sources that the North was planning a full-scale invasion of the South, the U.S. Army continues its drawdown from Sahrani. With only a few American troops left, the SLA commences its planned attack on the South and easily overwhelming the outmatched RACS and small U.S. Army presence.
Unable to halt their advances, the U.S. Army contingent can only resort to small attacks aimed at delaying the SLA's push southward. A small group remained behind to demolish the bridges at Dolores, while another helped to sabotage enemy armoured units during the night in Somato, employing their technological advantages over the SLA.
Nonetheless, the U.S. Army and RACS forces are still unable to prevent the SLA from gaining further ground in the South. The reinforcing waves are simply too much for them to handle, and are almost completely overrun during their last stand in Paraíso.
Fortunately, reinforcements from the USMC's 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit are arrive in the nick of time to repel the SLA. The joint U.S. Army/USMC/RACS force are eventually able to repel the North's invasion force back across the border.
Mass civilian massacres - presumed to have been carried out by the North, are found during the liberation of the South's occupied cities. A counterinvasion of the North is eventually authorised by U.S. Army command at the request of the Southern government, and U.S. Army/USMC/RACS troops proceed to attack northward across the border.
They strike the cities of Obregan while repelling attempted counterattacks by the North, and take part in amphibious landings across the North's coastlines.
The combined might of the Americans and Southern Sahrani forces then proceeded to surround the North's capital of Bagango after two days of hard fighting, and apprehended its leader Prime Minister Torrez. With the SLA finished off for good, the North is reunited under the South's banner and reforms the divided countries into a unified nation at last.
Events of the Rahmadi Conflict (2006)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA Queen's Gambit 'Rahmadi Conflict' campaign.
Despite their success, U.S. intelligence confirms that small pockets of SLA forces were able to flee to a small island called Rahmadi off the southern coast of Sahrani. Two teams of U.S. special forces along with a company of U.S. Army troops are immediately dispatched to assault the island.
Through their interrogations of former Prime Minister Torrez, the CIA confirms that the leader of the SLA remnants was a man named Ramirez, who once served as the president of the North and was its true leader. Joint USMC/U.S. Army forces eventually succeed in capturing Rahmadi after a day of fierce fighting, though president Ramirez is nowhere to be found. He is later tracked hiding on the island of Porto, where U.S. special forces manage to intercept and capture the fugitive leader.
Events of Royal Flush (2007)
Joint U.S. Army/USMC forces continued to remain on Sahrani, assisting the now unified and Southern-led government in rebuilding the wartorn nation.
A few months into the deployment however, the reigning King Joseph III and his successor Prince Orlando, are supposedly killed in an aviation accident. The King's daughter, Isabella, assumes the position of Queen and takes over the country's leadership. Her first act as leader was to mandate the removal of all U.S. forces from Sahrani.
The last of the U.S. Army/USMC troops depart from Sahrani a few weeks after her assumption of power.
Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead's 'Operation Arrowhead' campaign.
In a desperate bid to hold onto his crumbling power base, the dictator of Takistan, Colonel Muhammad R. Aziz, threatens the nearby country of Karzeghistan with an ultimatum that chemical weapons would strike the country if the oil-rich fields of the Sharig Plateau were not "immediately returned to the people of Takistan".
Backed by the Security Council, the United Nations demands the Takistani government back down with its threats and authorises foreign intervention in the country should Aziz fail to unconditionally withdraw his ultimatum. The U.S. Army establishes Task Force Knight and prepares to counter the looming Takistani invasion.
Deploying from rebel-held regions, Operation Arrowhead commences in full swing with the U.S. Army-led troops of TF Knight leading the way. They successfully secure the airfield at Loy Manara first and establish FOB Revolver, which allows them to airlift heavier equipment into the country.
With a foothold in the region gained, the U.S.-led forces of TF Knight begin pushing north towards the Rasman airfield and clearing the remainder of the heavily-fortified Takistani Army/republican militia-occupied villages and towns along the way.
However, a cargo plane transporting journalists and aid workers is shot down while U.S. forces push north. Their focus immediately shifts to finding the survivors before the Takistani military and their allies are able to.
Unfortunately, the survivors are captured by the Takistani Army first before U.S. troops could arrive to secure the crash site. Their offensive is stalled while TF Knight attempts to locate the survivors before they can be executed.
While they're eventually found to have been moved to the nearby Coltan mines, the task force is too late as they only find the body of one of the reporters, with the other survivors nowhere in sight.
To make matters worse, explosives are found to have been placed at the mines, but are successfully defused in time before anything catastrophic could happen.
Though their focus still remains on finding the remaining hostages, the task force continues to push forward with their offensive northwards.
Under the cover of darkness and with the help of the rebels, Rasman itself is finally taken after heavy fighting results in the destruction of much of the Takistani Army's airpower and armoured forces, while U.S. forces suffer minimal casualties and prevent the destruction of the nearby oilfields.
The provincial capital of Zargabad finally becomes the last target on the task force's radar as intelligence sources successfully locate Aziz and the hostages.
Surrounded on all sides, Aziz attempts one last ditch attempt at fleeing the country with the help of his remaining forces. However with the imprisoned aid workers being used as human shields, the task force is forced to manually clear the city block by block in order to avoid inflicting too much collateral damage.
In addition, Aziz orders the last of his SCUD ballistic missiles to be prepared in order to inflict serious damage on coalition forces, as well as on the neighbouring country of Karzeghistan.
Racing against time, TF Knight successfully dismantles the missile platforms before they can be fuelled for launch. Aziz himself is finally killed after U.S. Army troops and special forces corner him at his palace in Zargabad.
A press conference is later held at FOB Revolver with TF Knight's commander, Colonel Kane, reporting on the results of the coalition's victory to the global media.
With Aziz out of the picture, the focus of U.S. forces operating in Takistan was changed to counterinsurgency instead.
Priorities included hunting down remnants of the Takistani Army that were still loyal to the now-deceased dictator, as well as training the New Takistani Army (NTA) and assisting the local authorities in maintaining the stability of the country.
Events of Operation Crimson Lance (2012)
The U.S. Army assisted in eradicating the threat posed by the last of the pro-Aziz remnants of the Takistani Army in a joint raid alongside the British military and other coalition forces. A drawdown of troops from Takistan was also scheduled with other NATO forces, with the remainder of U.S. forces staying in the secure green zones while leaving the NTA to handle other regions.
Unfortunately, this withdrawal would also see the start of the country's downward slide into chaos as the local tribes and warlords, no longer friendly to coalition forces, began competing with the NTA for control over the country.
Events of Operation Black Gauntlet (2013)
A skeleton force of U.S. troops continue to remain in the green zones throughout the country despite the on-going chaos between the NTA and the various tribal groups. They maintain several checkpoints leading in and out of the green zones, but are otherwise mostly uninvolved with the infighting and provide only minimal support to the local authorities.
While fulfilling a contract to escort a group of UN inspectors attempting to reach the site of a supposed Takistani WMD program, members from the ION Services private military company are stopped at a U.S. Army checkpoint. Though tempted to simply drive through the checkpoint, they hold out until the leader of their detail, Mark Reynolds, manages to secure clearance from the military.
Their patience pays off after they attempt to flee from armed militiamen and another rival PMC group pursuing them. Reynolds successfully convinces the commanding officer in the region to provide air support and destroys their pursuers.
Events of the Prologue (2034)
A contingent of U.S. Army troops from the 7th Infantry Division are attached to the newly formed Task Force Aegis, a multi-national joint task force that consists of both American and British forces.
The task force is deployed the Republic of Altis and Stratis on a five-year long deployment that is aimed at preventing further conflict between Altis Armed Forces (AAF) government forces and Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) guerillas.
By the mid-2030s, the U.S. Army has undergone significant changes to both its enlistment processes and overall structure. Many more Brigade Combat Teams have been authorised or are being reactivated in light of the growing tensions between NATO and CSAT in the Pacific region, and ongoing proxy wars with the People's Republic of China.
Conscription - as implied through many conversations with members of TF Aegis, has been fully reinstated, and many troop cuts are slowly being reversed to fill the gap left by almost two decades of sequestration.
|«|| As millions of dollars of military equipment and infrastructure is decommissioned, opinion is split as to the wisdom of the drawdown. In light of CSAT forces stepping up joint military exercises in the Pacific, the US is keen to re-orient its conventional forces, reinforcing battalions in the east. Yet, with the Mediterranean basin representing a strategic fault-line between crumbling European influence and a powerful, resurgent East, some argue that the withdrawal could not come at a worse time.|
News reports on the Army's shift towards the Pacific region
However, the U.S. Army continues to struggle working under a limited budget and has been forced to scale back its operations in Southern Europe to better focus on its efforts in the Pacific.
Several SIGINT facilities on both Altis and Stratis are due to be decommissioned immediately, while bases on Cyprus are scheduled to be shut down at the latest by 2036.
To help facilitate their removal and to cut down on costs, private contractors have been hired to carry out the majority of the work. Vehicles and other heavy equipment deemed too expensive to ship back to the United States are to be broken down and turned into scrap metal.
Events of The East Wind (2035)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's 'The East Wind' campaign.
With their mandate having expired and no chance of it being renewed, the U.S. Army component of TF Aegis begin preparations to leave. By the start of The East Wind, most of its combat forces have already left the country, with only engineering and support personnel remaining behind to oversee the decommissioning of remaining NATO facilities on the island of Stratis.
Suddenly without notice, the AAF contingent on the island launch a supposedly unprovoked attack on the remaining personnel of TF Aegis. The Stratis airbase and several other outposts manned by American personnel are quickly taken out, with all remaining high-ranking commanders killed in one swift stroke.
American forces are caught completely off-guard, with what's left of the remaining survivors being forced to retreat into the woods.
They eventually regroup at the long-since abandoned Camp Maxwell, and under the leadership of a British special forces Captain, Scott Miller, wage guerrilla warfare against the AAF in order to take back the island. At the same time, they try to raise communications with NATO MEDCOM to call for backup.
Though initially successfully to some extent, they suffer a major setback when the AAF finally locate their main camp and raze it with artillery. Miller then reveals that his team was able to raise communications with MEDCOM, but they need the town of Agia Marina secured before an invasion can begin.
Rallying the last of their resources and manpower, the remaining U.S. Army troops and British special forces assault the town. They drive back the AAF but are once again caught in a trap; CSAT troops and helicopters attack the remaining survivors and eventually wipe out what's left of the U.S. Army contingent.
Leading the charge into the country, the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) easily retakes island of Stratis from the disoriented and outgunned AAF troops first. Alongside the 21st Brigade Combat Team, both the 111th and the 21st simultaneously attempt to strike multiple strategic locations on the mainland itself.
Though they manage to easily secure the entire western half of the island, the drive eastward is met with failure as they encounter heavier-than-expected resistance from the AAF/CSAT garrison at the Altis International Airport.
They are forced to retreat all the way back to Neochori and plan for another offensive. Soon afterwards however, a CSAT raid and armoured counteroffensive almost overruns the defensive lines at Neochori, but are beaten back at the last moment with the help of the local guerrillas.
Meanwhile, the 21st attempts an airborne assault on the south-eastern half of the island, aimed at taking the city of Chalkeia in an attempt to draw the AAF away from the airfield. The invasion almost fails due to a unforeseen series of events that almost wipe out one half of the attacking force, but the initiative is reclaimed thanks to the resourcefulness of the 21st's remaining troops.
They manage to completely disrupt AAF/CSAT supply lines and drive a wedge between the AAF defenders at the airport and their bases to the south of the island. Forced to divert aid to plug the gap, the AAF/CSAT garrison is finally cleared out by the 111th after a combination of heavy artillery, and a direct armoured assault crushes the now overstretched defenders.
Taking advantage of their successes, they continue to push south towards the capital Pyrgos and after eliminating the last of the AAF defenders in a fierce overnight battle, seize the city.
The combined elements of the 21st and the 111th then prepare to strike north-east, aiming to take the towns of Kalochori and Sofia. All the while, they remain wary of the CSAT garrison who are suspiciously avoiding all direct combat with the U.S.-led NATO forces, leaving the majority of the fighting to the AAF.
After almost every town is seized by the 111th, U.S.-led NATO forces finally reach the north-eastern corner of the island. Surrounded and cut-off by U.S. troops, and the last of his combat forces mostly out of commission, the AAF's commander, Colonel Akhanteros, finally gives up and orders an unconditional surrender of all his remaining troops.
Post-The East Wind
|«|| NATO's invasion - albeit swift and, ultimately, successful - has stirred a new round of debates over the funding of military forces in this region. The conclusion was clear: there is no way NATO can maintain their position here while tensions in the pacific region rise. The decommissioning will continue and NATO will abandon this region.|
The aftermath of the Altis Incident
Six weeks pass following the AAF's capitulation. Under the leadership of its new president, Nikos Panagopoulos, the FIA guerillas have transitioned from a military opposition into a political body and work hard restore their homeland.
U.S. forces can be seen overseeing the conference being held at Kavala as the new Altian government, NATO, CSAT and Akhanteros agree to a shared peace deal.
Regardless, the U.S. government remains committed to the drawdown and several weeks later, the last of the Army's troops on the island leave the country once and for all following the final decommissioning of remaining NATO facilities.
Events of Apex Protocol (2035)
U.S. Army troops form the bulk of the Pacific NATO forces operating in Tanoa, one of the central landmasses amongst the Horizon Islands group of nations. Working alongside the local authorities as part of the "Safe Horizon" exercises, their primary mission was to assist them in rooting out a growing insurgency threat that called itself the Syndikat.
In reality however, the exercises were being used as a cover for NATO's CTRG black ops unit, who had a completely different set of priorities and reasons for operating in the country.
Their initial involvement is mostly limited to providing just logistical support. They otherwise do not directly take part in any of the covert operations being conducted by CTRG.
Events of First Contact (2039)
Following the 2035 Moscow Summit, successful accession talks with CSAT has led to the Republic of Belarus becoming a member of the coalition. Furthermore, CSAT officials have announced that integration talks with the Russian Federation are also underway - though the Kremlin has yet to decide on the offer.
With anti-CSAT paranoia in Eastern Europe at all-time highs, the U.S. Army has once again shifted its focus to containing CSAT expansionism in the region.
As part of the biennial "Electron" exercises, first signed in late 2035, several Brigade Combat Teams regularly deploy on a rotational basis every two years to Livonia.
The latest exercise, "Electron-39", will involve more than 10,000 personnel from the Army and is primarily aimed at deterring infiltration attempts by the Russian military along the so-called "Andrzejów Gap", a stretch of land that runs through the heart of Livonian territory.
It serves as a vital link between NATO's remaining Eastern European members to the Baltic states, and its importance has grown significantly in recent years following CSAT's integration of Belarus.
ArmA: Cold War Assault
At the height of the Malden Islands Crisis, U.S. Army troops mainly utilised ALICE load bearing system chest rigs and wore Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) concealed in the ERDL woodland camouflage pattern.
For headgear, the latest PASGT helmet served as the standard issue combat helmet which was also camouflaged in ERDL.
ArmA: Armed Assault
U.S. Army soldiers at the time of the Sahrani Conflict wore the early variants of the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) camouflaged in the service's new Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a camouflage pattern designed to be useful in all environments.
Their Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests on the other hand, were camouflaged with the older but tried-and-true M81 Woodland pattern.
At this time, Army troops wore the latest model of the PASGT helmet which were modified with mounts to support night vision goggles. Like their uniforms, they too were camouflaged in UCP.
During Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army troops could also be commonly seen wearing the ACU but exclusively utilised the newer Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) series of body armour vests. Almost every infantryman is equipped with a set of night vision goggles for operations in low-visibility conditions.
Their uniforms and other gear are also concealed by UCP camouflage. For headwear, Operation Arrowhead-era U.S. Army line infantry wore the MICH combat helmet while non-combat personnel and officers wore simple Patrol Caps.
1st SFOD-D operatives preferred to wear a mixture of both UCP and MultiCam patterns. They often donned heavily customised MICH ballistic helmets spraypainted in desert tan/coyote brown, and wore dark olive-coloured plate carriers instead.
Two decades after Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army forces attached to Mediterranean NATO forces for the duration of the events of The East Wind can be seen wearing newer combat fatigues that are concealed with the MTP camouflage pattern (not to be confused with the Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage used by British forces).
U.S. troops deployed to the Pacific can be seen during the events of Apex Protocol also wearing the same uniforms and vests, but are concealed with a tropical version of the MTP camouflage pattern instead. Lastly, soldiers deployed to Eastern Europe don gear adorned in a Woodland camouflage pattern.
For head protection, 2030-era U.S. Army troops primarily wear Enhanced Combat Helmets (ECH) and Light Combat Helmets (LCH), which provide moderate ballistic protection against non-large small arms calibre rounds.
ArmA: Armed Assault
ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead
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