'Adios' to Reserve training brigade
May 20, 2010
- Highly decorated reserve brigade transferring to Fort Hood, Texas.
- Prepared wide range of units for dedployment: aviation, human resources, postal, ordnance and truck companies.
The headquarters of 479th Field Artillery Brigade cased its colors May 11 as it prepares to move to Fort Hood, Texas.
Since July, Col. William A. Turner has been 479th FA Brigade commander. During his command, the brigade has trained nearly 5,000 Soldiers and hosted three mission rehearsal exercises.
"Our move down to Fort Hood from Fort Sill is part of a transformation process that's been initiated by First Army," said Turner. "It's not a BRAC move per se, they are trying to consolidate mobilization training units."
The 479th FA Brigade will uncase their colors at Fort Hood in the beginning of July.
"We will continue to be the headquarters of 479th FA Brigade and we will pick up several active-duty battalions that are down at Hood right now and will join us and continue training there."
Fifty-one service members and nine civilians will be making the move to Fort Hood with the 479th.
"Our unit is comprised of one third active duty," explained Turner. "The rest is made up of Operation Warrior Trainer National Guard Soldiers that are returning from deployment as well as mobilized reservists.
"Our foundation has been kind of focused on aviation training," said Turner. "We've also trained human resources units, postal units, ordinance units and truck companies to go to Iraq."