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HEIDELBERG, Germany — Members of Gen. B.B. Bell’s top brass are shedding their corporate-style titles in favor of more traditional battle staff monikers.

Now, for example, Maj. Gen. Gary D. Speer is dropping his title of deputy chief of staff, operations in exchange for the more Spartan designation of simply the G-3.

The new designations, followed by the old titles, break down like this:

• G-1 — deputy chief of staff, personnel• G-2 — deputy chief of staff, intelligence• G-3 — deputy chief of staff, operations• G-4 — deputy chief of staff, logistics• G-6 — deputy chief of staff, information management• G-8 — deputy chief of staff, resource management

USAREUR’s civil military functions, now the G-5, and information operations, now the G-7, fall under the responsibility of the G-3.

The order was among the first handed down by Bell after assuming command of U.S. Army Europe and it took effect Jan. 16.

The move will bring the USAREUR staff in alignment with battalion, brigade, division and corps headquarters staffs, which have used similar breakdowns since World War I, when Army leaders took a page from Napoleon’s organizational playbook as they entered the war against the Germans.

The Army staff at the Pentagon reverted to old designations last year.

“Current staff functions and authorized manpower will remain unchanged with this new designation,” according a USAREUR announcement.

Special staff designations, such as public affairs, chaplain and provost marshal, also remain unchanged.


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