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First Army Div West establishes training division at Fort Hood

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Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Sentinel Sept. 3, 2009.

First Army Division West uncased its colors Sept. 1 during a ceremony at Cameron Field, marking the division’s official reassignment to Fort Hood.

“Today we begin a new chapter at Fort Hood,” Division West commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Robinson said. “We are excited to be here as Fort Hood now becomes the largest Reserve component training center in the Army.”

The division, which now occupies the former 4th Infantry Division Headquarters building, is responsible for the mobilization, training, validation and deployment of all CONUS-based reserve and National Guard units.

Division West also trains elements of the active Army as well as Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps units.

“I assure you these Soldiers are trained, confident and ready,” Robinson said.

Most of that training will be conducted at North Fort Hood, but some changes are imminent.

“We will be expanding some of the training,” Robinson said.

Increased rotary wing aviation training will be conducted under Division West at North Fort Hood, the general added.

The division has seven subordinate training brigades including the 120th Infantry Brigade and 166th Aviation Brigade at Fort Hood, 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy, Wis.; the 191st Infantry Brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash.; the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; the 479th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Okla.; and, the 5th Armored Brigade at Fort Bliss.

In addition, the division is projected to relocate the 479th Field Artillery Brigade to Fort Hood next year, according to a 1st Army release.

Robinson said the division is excited about the move to Fort Hood and the community support he already has seen.

“I have never been in an area that supports Soldiers so much,” he said.

Division West has command and control of 49 battalions located throughout the western United States from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Activated October 2006 as Training Support Division West, 1st Army, the division came to Fort Hood from Fort Carson, Colo. The move co-locates the headquarters with two of its seven brigades, consolidating and maximizing training operations.

Since October 2007, Division West has mobilized more than 1,500 units and more than 85,000 servicemembers.

(Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen, First Army Division West Public Affairs, contributed to this story.)

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