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Winter 2017 Issue of Army History Magazine

In this Issue:

The Fallen of Operation Iceberg
U.S. Graves Registration Efforts and the Battle of Okinawa
By Ian Michael Spurgeon

Above the Danger
Army Aviation and the Development of Risk Management Doctrine
By Mike Mobbs

Army History Magazine

Winter 2017 Edition

The Winter 2017 issue of Army History presents two engaging articles on very disparate topics, the first covering graves registration activities during the battle on Okinawa and the second examining the development of the Army’s risk management doctrine. Dr. Ian Spurgeon, a historian at the Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency, recounts the graves registration efforts during and after Operation Iceberg, the battle for Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands. Graves registration personnel faced a number of difficulties and impediments—impassable terrain, poor weather, and a high number of casualties that quickly filled the temporary cemeteries—but still managed to recover and identify over 95 percent of those killed in action. Variations in recordkeeping and documentation during the battle created more problems for those trying to identify the unknowns after the war.

Next, Capt. Mike Mobbs, an active duty Army officer, looks at the creation of the Army’s risk management doctrine, its ties to the Army aviation community, and its evolution over a thirty-year period that culminated in the publication of Field Manual (FM) 100–14, Risk Management.

This issue’s Artifact Spotlight highlights an iconic weapon of the mid-nineteenth century, the Colt Walker Model revolver. This issue also includes a new feature on The National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA), which had its groundbreaking ceremony this past September. In future issues, NMUSA Features will be a common component of Army History and will offer glimpses of forthcoming galleries as museum construction progresses.

In his Chief’s Corner, Mr. Bowery welcomes the Center of Military History’s new chief historian, Mr. Jon Hoffman, and discusses the restructuring of a number of leadership positions here at the Center. Mr. Hoffman, in his inaugural Chief Historian’s Footnote, briefly introduces himself to our readers and the Army historical community, and talks about the various endeavors he has inherited while positing a number of ideas for improvement as the Center moves forward on a myriad of important projects.

As ever, I invite the submission of articles on the history of our Army, and encourage those working on topics relating to the First World War and the Vietnam War to send us their manuscripts as we enter important commemoration periods for these two conflicts.

Bryan J. Hockensmith
Managing Editor