U.S. Army South reorganizes HHC during activation ceremony
August 12, 2009
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the Special Troops Battalion in U.S. Army South reorganized to form three separate companies during an activation ceremony at MacArthur Field Aug. 11. The ceremony officially marked the activation and assumption of command of Headquarters and Service Company, A Company and B Company, Special Troops Battalion.
STB commander, Lt. Col. Scot Storey said the quality of Soldiers assigned to the newly-formed companies will help to ensure continued success.
"They are the unsung heroes," said Storey. They are quietly "performing difficult duties that go un-praised and often unnoticed."
The HSC assumes the Battalion Command and Control mission while A Company will support the operations and intelligence elements of Army South and B Company will support the sustainment elements of Army South.
Commanders include Capt. Jorge Medina, HSC; Capt. James Williams, A Company and Capt. Isahq Khan, B Company. First Sergeant's are 1st Sgt. Jeannette Schartner, HSC; 1st Sgt. Geoffrey Long, A Company and 1st Sgt. Jon Guba, B Company.
According to Army South leadership, the previous STB task organization limited its ability to provide unity of effort and command in the mission to provide day to day administrative and logistical support to Army South. It also limited flexibility for deployment support in the area of focus.
U.S. Army South Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Keith M. Huber, authorized the establishment of two provisional staff support companies to correct these short falls and position the unit for future task organization under the Army Service Component Redesign.
Storey said the change in task organization is a testament to Army South's commitment to mission success.
"The Soldiers on the field and around you, wearing the Galleon Patch of U.S. Army South, are dedicated to our mission to detect, deter and disrupt transnational threats in order to protect the United States of America and to enhance security within the Western Hemisphere," said Storey. "We should be in awe because we are seeing history being made."