By Tim Sproles, Camp Atterbury Public AffairsAugust 16, 2011
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- Camp Atterbury welcomed a new unit Aug. 15 as the 157th Infantry Brigade, formerly at Fort Jackson, S.C., unfurled the brigade colors during a ceremony in Building 4.
The unit held a casing ceremony at Fort Jackson June 23 after nearly 14 years on the installation. Before coming to Camp Atterbury, the 157th Infantry was responsible for training National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for mobilization.
Moving here allows the brigade to help streamline the Soldier training process in several ways, said 157th Infantry Brigade Commander Col. David Bushey.
“Today marks another historic step for the 157th Infantry Brigade,” he said. “Our overall mission will remain the same, but with the advent of the First Army’s transformation plan, our home station location and organizational structure have changed.”
The unit is no stranger to the mission they are continuing here. The “Falcon Brigade” has provided training for more than 50,000 Soldiers in deploying brigade combat teams from South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, and Pennsylvania along with numerous separate companies and battalions.
According to Bushey, members of the 157th have often spent as much as six months of the year on the road in locations such as Camp Shelby, Miss., and Fort Sill, Okla., among others, and they are ready to put down roots in Indiana.
“Our Soldiers have been transforming themselves to match their new jobs as lane trainers " arming themselves with the latest tactics, techniques and procedures from theater. Never in the brigade's history has it been more ready to provide cutting edge, sophisticated training,” he said.
Bushey further commented that he looks forward to building a strong partnership with Camp Atterbury and the team of professionals the base has assembled since the War on Terror began.
“I know that our cooperative effort will help deploying Soldiers reach their full potential and ultimately save lives overseas,” he said.