Soldiers from the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element cased their organizational colors marking the organization’s inactivation during a ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. May 25.
The RPOE’s inactivation was in compliance with force structure changes approved by the Secretary of the Army on Jan. 6, 2022.
Casing the colors were Maj. Dennis Rowe and Sgt. 1st Class Bailey.
We’d like to commend the Soldiers and families of the 690th RPOE, their hard work and commitment to the unit and each other has been unmatched.
The 690th RPOE has a long and prestigious lineage dating back to 1936. Since then, the unit has received numerous honors and decorations. The unit was first constituted May 1, 1936 in the Regular Army as Company C in the 394th Quartermaster Battalion and activated June 27, 1941 in Oakland, Calif. It was redesignated as Company C in the 394th Port Battalion July 1942.
On Nov. 10, 1943 the unit was reorganized as the 610 Port Company and later redesignated as the 610th Transportation Port Company in July 1947.
During this time, the unit supported operations in World War II and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.