Col. Robert A. Warburg, First Army Division East, explains the concept of support that will be provided to the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team during their demobilization at Fort Stewart, Ga.

FORT STEWART, Ga. - As the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team begins to return next month from their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, they will be demobilizing through Fort Stewart, Ga., with the support of the 188th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East.

Florida's largest National Guard unit, the 53rd "Gator Brigade," with approximately 2,500 Soldiers served nine months in Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom during the draw-down of U.S. forces in Iraq, and the 188th is set to make their transition back to the states as seamless as possible.

"The 188th Infantry Brigade is striving to provide a collaborative demobilization team for the 53rd IBCT to prepare its Soldiers for a successful return to home station," said Col. Robert A. Warburg, 188th Infantry Brigade commander. "We want to create an anticipatory and responsive demobilization platform that is focused on Soldier care throughout the whole process."

During the recent 53rd IBCT Demobilization Rehearsal of Concept Drill, the 188th discussed the partnership with Joint Forces Headquarters - Florida, Fort Stewart Garrison Command, Fort Stewart U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Stewart U.S. Army Dental Activity and Defense Finance and Accounting Service to respond to the 53rd's demobilization requirements.

All of the units involved expressed their commitment to assisting the Soldiers of the 53rd to complete the tasks of the First Army demobilization process.

The 188th Infantry Brigade, along with the other training support brigades in First Army Division East, provides and facilitates theater-focused training for deploying National Guard and Reserve formations and assists with redeployment and demobilizing following deployment. Based out of Fort Stewart, the 188th has been training deploying National Guard and Reserve units for Iraq deployments continuously since 2003.

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