VANCOUVER, Wash. - The 1st Battalion of the 413th Regiment cased its colors in a deactivation ceremony held here on Dec. 9, 2016. The ceremony marks the end of nearly a century of dedicated service to the United States Army Reserve.
They are the second of five battalions, totaling 20 units at 13 locations across the country, scheduled to deactivate this month as part of a larger restructuring of the 800th Logistics Support Brigade, headquartered in Mustang, Oklahoma, under the umbrella of the 80th Training Command (The Army School System), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans, deputy commanding general of the 80th TC, spoke at the ceremony. "For the last 10 years, we've gone through the biggest changes since World War II," said Evans. "This latest downsizing is part of the total Army drawdown directed by the Army and United States Army Reserve Command." This downsizing has led the 80th TC to evaluate its operations and determine where efficiencies could be made.
The 800th LSB will continue to have a key role in the operations of the 80th TC as it transitions to a training support brigade and takes on the responsibility for mission command over the 80th's TASS Training Centers. These TASS Training Centers are located at Fort Hunter-Liggett and Camp Parks, California; Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Fort Dix, New Jersey.
The 800th LSB will also assume control over the Staff and Faculty Development Academy at Grand Prairie, Texas. At this academy, instructors throughout the 80th TC and the entire Army Reserve receive their initial qualification training as instructors and small group leaders.
Col. Bradly Boganowski, commander of the 800th LSB, also shared his thoughts about the battalion saying farewell. "There are some things you cannot control about this deactivation, but let's focus on things we can control," said Boganowski. "You get to choose what you take away from this experience."
Soldiers assigned to these deactivating battalions within the 800th LSB are not being forced to leave the Army. They are being provided job opportunities for growth and development in other parts of the 800th LSB or the 80th TC.
"I couldn't be prouder in you or your service to this battalion and the 800th brigade," said Boganowski. "Now, I charge you to carry the spirit of the 1st Battalion 413th Regiment forward."