New Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Sill, Okla., bring all components together

06/05/2011  |  Capt. Jennifer K. Cotten 95th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs Officer
The Griffon

(L to R) Cutting the ribbon are: U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Oklahoma Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Sholar; Adjutant General of the State of Oklahoma Maj. Gen. Myles Deering; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill Maj. Gen. David Halverson; Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin; Fort Sill Garrison Commander Col. Raymond Lacey; Commander of the 95th Training Division Col. William Soderberg; and Col. Robert Johnson of the 63rd Regional Support Command. Photo by Spc. Joshua Flowers, 95th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs.

LAWTON, Okla. — With the official dedication of the new Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at Fort Sill, Okla., the U.S. Army signaled its intent to “go far” as a cohesive Active-Reserve component force.

Soldiers and senior leaders from all components gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony April 16, 2011, to inaugurate the new state-of-the-art facility that co-locates 13 Army Reserve and Oklahoma National Guard units in a single complex on an active-duty installation.

The new 45 million dollar facility spans 28 acres and includes four main buildings: a 125,000 square foot training center; a 25,000 square foot maintenance facility; a 48,000 square foot heated storage building; and a 4,600 square foot unheated storage building.

The 95th Training Division served as host for the event, being the largest tenant organization and manager of the new facility. The division headquarters recently completed its move to AFRC Fort Sill, located near Lawton, Okla., after leaving the Twaddle Armed Forces Reserve Center in Oklahoma City. The move culminates a Base Realignment and Closure process that began in 2005 to better integrate the multi-component force.

Key participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony included Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill Maj. Gen. David Halverson, the Adjutant General of the State of Oklahoma Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, Commander of the 95th Training Division (IET) Col. William Soderberg, and U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Oklahoma Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Sholar.

Speaking to over 150 Soldiers, civilians and Allied service members assembled for the event, Gov. Fallin observed, “Today more than ever we see Reserve and National Guard Soldiers come together to help us fight the War on Terror. This facility will go a long way toward helping us create the best trained Soldiers in our nation to fulfill their mission.”

Among the units slated to occupy the new AFRC are:

Headquarters, 95th Training Division (Initial Entry Training)

The Division consists of four brigades and has units in 37 states including Hawaii. In peacetime, its mission is to support the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) by conducting basic combat initial entry training at one or more of the Army’s five basic combat training centers.

In the event of mobilization, the division will provide drill sergeant support using mobilized companies and battalions to backfill and augment TRADOC installations. Additionally, the division will provide individual Soldiers and or detachments to deploy in support of theater operations.

1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET)

The 1st Brigade provides six Initial Entry Training (IET) battalions in support of TRADOC IET. The subordinate battalions conduct basic combat training, support training base expansion and the basic training summer surge at Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Knox, Ky. During full and partial mobilization, 1st Brigade conducts training base expansion operations. The unit also supports the U.S. Army Training Center (ATC) by augmenting the 434th Fires Brigade and conducts basic combat training.

1st Brigade relocated from the George Keathley Reserve Center on Cache Road, Lawton, Okla. The unit’s higher headquarters is the 95th Training Division which just relocated to AFRC Fort Sill.

Company B, Field Maintenance Co, 271st Brigade Support Battalion

Its mission is to provide maintenance support for the 271st BSB and 45th Fires Brigade (FiB), located at the AFRC in Mustang, Okla.

The unit relocated from Hobart Army National Guard Armory. Its maintenance facility is located on Fort Sill making it logistically easier for the unit to provide support needed to its sister units. Most of the unit’s personnel already resided in Lawton/Fort Sill area which now makes it easier for them to attend drill and to assist the unit for non-drill duties as well.

Oklahoma Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program Battery E

A ribbon cutting in a new building 90 miles south of Oklahoma City, Okla. does not happen without a great deal of work and effort behind the scenes. Months of planning, culling through old files, shredding documents and packing necessary files and equipment had to be done. Then in late March 2011, division headquarter Soldiers actually spent the week physically loading everything and taking it to the new building where it all had to be unpacked and set up in order to have a seamless transition and allow operations to continue uninterrupted. Photos by Capt. Jennifer K. Cotten, 95th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs Officer

The mission of the Recruit Sustainment Program is to reduce the overall training pipeline loss rate by creating a strong foundation of training that allows new recruits the ability to achieve successful completion of basic combat training and subsequent military occupational skill qualification.

The unit’s higher command is located in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Military Department.

1st Battalion (LS), 382nd Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, 1st Army

Its mission is, on order, to mobilize and conduct logistical support operations for training support battalions and mobilizing units that are training for overseas contingency operations. Logistical support includes Classes I, III, and V support, refueling operations, vehicle maintenance operations, vehicle recovery operations, and supply and vehicle support. When called upon, the unit provides low-density military occupational specialty training and trainer/mentors to support deploying units.

The unit’s higher commands, 479th Field Artillery Brigade and Division West both reside at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The unit was already located at Fort Sill.

1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery

Its mission is to provide field artillery rocket fires in support of maneuver forces.

The unit was already located at Fort Sill/Lawton and its higher headquarters, 45th Fires Brigade, is located at the AFRC in Mustang, Okla.

3rd Battle Command Training Group

Its mission is to conduct battle simulation exercises for U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units and certify unit staffs in combat proficiency to ensure these staffs meet Army combat staff standards. Units trained include all branches, from combat arms to combat service support, throughout the United States.

The unit was already located on Fort Sill, and its higher headquarters is the 75th Battle Command Training Division in Houston, Texas.

Equipment Concentration Site 162

The unit is an organizational maintenance facility, storing, servicing, and repairing U.S. Army Reserve vehicles and equipment for many units in the Fort Sill/Lawton area.

The unit was previously located on Fort Sill. Its higher command is the 63rd Regional Support Command (RSC) at Moffett Field, Calif.

Other tenant units include:

  • 910th Quartermaster
  • Petroleum Supply Company
  • 418 TC Detachment
  • 2nd Mob. Support Group
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