502nd Inactivates

By Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th SC(E) PAO

As the Army continues its transformation process, the 13th SC (E) felt the impact of the next big step in personnel services delivery redesign, as the 502nd Personnel Services Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) formally inactivated in a ceremony held at Cameron Field April 13.

The 13th SC (E) personnel community now stands one battalion lighter as the 502nd PSB arrived at its end state in a move that is designed to place human resource specialists forward within brigade combat teams.

Reorganization moves, which began as early as 2002 with PSBs, paved the way for the personnel transformation.

“This is an integral part of the Army transformation,” said Lt. Col Todd Garlick, commander of the 502nd PSB, whose official command ended April 13. “As an [adjutant general] officer, I hate to see the battalions go- especially one with such a decorated past as the 502nd,” Garlick said.

The goal for the personnel transformation will be the deactivation of PSBs across the Army. In the long term, all the PSBs will go away - by 2007 or 2008.

“The Soldiers from the PSB are the drop of ink in the bucket- the experts that will continue to provide support- but the only thing that changes is they will be embedded within the organizations that are duty bound and trained to care for…” said Garlick.

The 502nd started as a reception battalion, responsible for the distribution of Soldiers during the mass call to arms in World War II. After the war, the 502nd inactivated and then reactivated during Vietnam in support of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg as a personnel services company. 

After Vietnam, the unit inactivated again and finally, the 502nd PSB reactivated and reorganized one more time and settled here at Fort Hood in direct support of the 4th Infantry Division, where it has maintained a close habitual relationship, according to Garlick.

In Jan. 2007 the 502nd along with its parent unit, the 4th Sustainment Brigade, transitioned to the 13th SC (E).

“So you see, the PSB has come and gone in the past, but what will never change is Soldiers taking care of Soldiers,” Garlick said.

 

Lt Col Todd Garlick and Command Sgt Maj Divina Bobb
Lt. Col. Todd Garlick, commander of the 502nd Personnel Services Battalion, and Command Sgt Maj. Divina Bobb, 502nd PSB command sergeant major, case the colors for the final time during an inactivation ceremony at Cameron Field Apr. 13.