The changes are marked by a consolidation in command and more focused training cycles. On Sunday, a ceremony at Camps Park officially retired the 1st Brigade, 91st Training Support Division and re-designated it as the 5th Brigade of the 75th Battle Command Training Division.
I think we have some very bright yet difficult days ahead of us as we continue not only to support those units deploying in support of the global war on terrorism, but as we prepare ourselves for new missions that will be out in front of us, the commanding general of the 75th Division, Maj. Gen. Steven P. Best, said in his remarks to the soldiers gathered for the ceremony.
Bests words came after a presentation of colors, where the flag of the 91st was rolled up and cased and the colors of the 75th were unfurled.
But I am absolutely confident that this great brigade will continue to perform in the future as well or perhaps even better than you have performed in the past, Best said.
This is the first of four 1st Brigades that will be incorporated into the 75th Division in the next year. In 2007, the 75th Battle Command Training Division, headquartered in Houston, will become the higher headquarters for the 1st Brigades from the 78th (New Jersey), 85th (Illinois) and 87th (Alabama) Training Support Divisions.
This particular transition really represents the consolidation of some headquarters within the Army Reserve or significantly reducing the number of senior headquarters, Best said.
This division will continue with the mission its had in the past but will have a different division headquarters. Our headquarters now will be focused specifically on the mission, which is training battle staffs before their deployment.
What they will probably do isreach out to different parts of the Army that have not gotten that level of training in the past.
Command staff are anticipating the change in focus will have soldiers ready for battle in less time.
Whats happening is they were finding that a lot of units that were getting called up had to do totally from scratch all of their training, said Maj. Bill Gazis of the 75th Division Public Affairs Office. He added that the new model is expected to speed up the training.
When they get to these big training centers, they wont have to stay there for six months like a lot of units do now before they are deployed. It will probably cut that time way down.
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