New Era Begins For Ordnance Battalion
July 27, 2011
FORT LEE, Va. - The 832nd Ordnance Battalion became the newest addition to the Ordnance School during a ceremony to mark their arrival July 26. Lt. Col. Demetrius L. Jackson, battalion commanding officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray B. Johnson, battalion command sergeant major, uncased the unit’s colors during the ceremony.
“It is indeed an honor and a privilege to uncase the colors of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion at Fort Lee; the fort where I began my military career as a second lieutenant 20 years ago,” Jackson said. “The casing and uncasing ceremonies have signified the bittersweet end of one era at Redstone Arsenal, and the beginning of another as we relocated here.”
In 1986, after many years of historic service, the 832nd was stationed at Redstone Arsenal where it became part of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. On June 9, 2011, the battalion colors were cased there as the unit prepared to complete its move as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiatives.
The battalion trains Soldiers to be technically and tactically proficient in ammunition handling and storage, as well as explosive ordnance disposal.