By 1st Lt. Bobby McDonald, 1st Battalion, 415th Regiment, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Division WestJune 10, 2014
FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 3rd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, transferred authority of the the CONUS Replacement Center to the 1st Battalion, 415th Regiment, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade during a Transfer of Authority ceremony April 25 at Memorial Field here.
This is the first year that the whole cycle will occur at Fort Bliss. It was originally conducted at Fort Benning, Ga.
"The 3-398th left us a great foundation for us to work off of," said Lt. Col. Brian Warnock, 1-415th Regiment commander. "I feel confident that the 1-415th will have a seamless transfer and only improve upon the CRC."
This is where the outgoing unit teaches the incoming unit everything they need to know to be successful: what the battle rhythm is like, what worked well and what didn't. This started two weeks prior to the TOA.
"The 1-415th seems eager and ready to take control from the 3-398th of the CRC," said Lt. Col. Brian Evans, commander of 3-398th.
The 3-398th manned the CRC this year with 125 Soldiers entirely of all volunteers. The command team expects that this will help make the mission even better since each Soldier came on their own, and is willing to take ownership and pride in the work that they are doing.
Since December 1995, the CRC has been projecting military power worldwide; deploying personnel in support of five contingency operations to 36 locations worldwide. The mission is to receive, process, and validate individual non-unit related personnel from all military branches and components. Both military personnel and Department of the Army civilians, as well as other federal government agencies to include Army, Air Force Exchange Store and the American Red Cross are also included. The CRC currently facilitates the deployment of approximately 150 personnel each week.
"I am proud to see what the 3-398th was able to accomplish and establish for the CRC here at Fort Bliss," said Col. Carolyn Birchfield, 402nd commander. "I expect that the 1-415th will set the bar even higher and only improve upon the CRC."
The CRC is made up from mobilized soldiers of the reserve component to train and prepare soldiers who are deploying and redeploying.