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.
|«|| This We'll defend.|
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 Edit
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.
They primarily operated out of their main base on Malden, and covertly assisted the partisans on Nogova during its occupation by Soviet forces.
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 Edit
Their initial presence is limited, but is later expanded and bolstered after the North commences its planned invasion of the South.
ArmA 2 Edit
In ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army forces form the bulk of Task Force Knight which also consists of allied conventional troops from the United Kingdom (the British Army), the Czech Republic (ACR), and German special forces (the KSK).
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.
ArmA 3 Edit
In ArmA 3, U.S. Army forces (initially) consist of troops from the 7th Infantry Division who are assigned to the multi-national NATO-sanctioned Task Force Aegis. They are tasked with maintaining peace and overseeing the uneasy situation between the Altis Armed Forces (AAF) and the Freedom and Independence Army (FIA).
Later on following the Altis Incident, the 111th Mechanized Brigade Combat Team (111th MBCT) 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.
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) Edit
During the Soviet occupation of Nogova, U.S. black ops led by James Gastovski covertly helped the growing anti-Soviet partisan movement on the island.
They provided shipments with the latest in Western-made firearms and equipment that would greatly assist the group in eventually driving off Guba's garrison.
Events of Cold War Crisis (1985) Edit
Led once more by (now General) Guba, Soviet forces invade Everon and run up against the U.S. forces based on the island. The small garrison is easily overrun and forced to retreat after suffering heavy losses in the initial attack.
With the help of the FIA, American-led NATO forces commanded by Colonel Blake eventually succeed in liberating Everon from Guba's forces. Thanks to their diligence, they manage to avert a full scale crisis from breaking out between the Soviet Union and the United States.
Events of the Sahrani Conflict (2006) Edit
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.
As they were withdrawing however, the North's military, the SLA, invaded the South, easily overwhelming the outmatched RACS and small U.S. Army presence on the island.
Though they're beaten back by the initial attack and are almost completely overrun, more reinforcements are eventually brought in to repel the SLA invasion. The joint U.S. Army/RACS force was eventually able to repel the North's invasion force back across the border.
The combined might of the Americans and Southern Sahrani forces then proceeded to capture the North's capital, Bagango, and apprehended its leader Prime Minister Torres. With the SLA finished off for good, the country is reunited under the South's banner and reforms the divided republic into a unified nation at last.
Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012) Edit
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.
Post-Operation Arrowhead Edit
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 Crimson Lance (2012) Edit
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) Edit
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) Edit
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) guerrillas.
Events of The East Wind (2035) Edit
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 Mechanized Brigade Combat Team (111th MBCT) 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 Edit
|«|| 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 guerrillas 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 process and soon afterwards, the last of the U.S. Army troops on the island leave the country for good after the remaining NATO facilities are finally decommissioned.
Events of Apex Protocol (2035) Edit
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.
ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit
At the height of the Cold War, U.S. Army troops mainly utilised the ALICE load bearing system and wore Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) that were 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 Edit
U.S. Army soldiers at this time wore the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) that was camouflaged with the new Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a camouflage pattern that was designed to be used 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.
ArmA 2 Edit
During Operation Arrowhead, U.S. Army troops could also be commonly seen wearing the ACU but utilised the newer Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) body armour and plate carriers instead. 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 troops wore the MICH combat helmet while non-combat troops and officers wore simple Patrol Caps.
ArmA 3 Edit
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).
Their plate carriers are usually available in either ranger green or black colours, while the heavier plate carriers are also camouflaged in MTP. 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.
Mediterranean and Pacific 2030-era U.S. Army troops primarily wear Enhanced Combat Helmets (ECH) and Light Combat Helmets (LCH) for headgear, which provide moderate ballistic protection against non-large small arms calibre rounds.
See also Edit
|Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA 2)|
|USMC • CDF • U.S. Army • KSK • ACR • British Army|
|Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces|
|Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA: Armed Assault)|