U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) inactivated eight units during a ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia on July 8, 2017. The units being inactivated dated back to 1917 and 1946 and their Soldiers served in numerous operations ranging from World War I to Afghanistan. The 98th Training Division (IET) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Miles A. Davis, said these units nobly served the Nation for generations. “These units have risen to every challenge given to them. I commend the Soldiers and families, past and present, of these units for their hard work, commitment to excellence and service to our great Nation.” Photos by Maj. Michelle Lunato, 98th DIV (IET) PAO
The 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) ceremonially inactivated eight U.S. Army Reserve units at Fort Benning, Georgia on July 8, 2017.
The inactivation’s, which were part of a command-wide restructure and realignment to help maintain and increase readiness, included one brigade and seven battalions. They included 3rd Brigade out of Salem, Virginia; 2nd Battalion, 321st Regiment out of Miami, Florida; 1st Battalion, 378th Regiment out of Lafayette, Louisiana; 4th Battalion, 518th Regiment out of Montgomery, Alabama; 1st Battalion, 323rd Regiment out of Cary, North Carolina; 1st Battalion, 518th Regiment out of Asheville, North Carolina; 3rd Battalion, 321st Regiment out of Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and 1st Battalion, 317th Regiment out of Suffolk, Virginia.
A number of the long-standing units dated back as far as 1917 and included thousands of Soldiers who have served from World War I to Afghanistan. The other units contributed to the Army in significant ways as well by training thousands of Soldiers processing through Basic Combat Training.
“These units have risen to every challenge given to them,” said Brig. Gen. Miles A. Davis, the commanding general of the 98th Training Division (IET) who presided over the ceremony. “I commend the Soldiers and families, past and present, of these units for their hard work, commitment to excellence and service to our great Nation.”
As the unit colors were slowly cased across the formation, portions of their history were announced to the civilians, Soldiers and veterans in attendance at the parade field that morning.
Soldiers of the 321st Regiment, which was constituted in August 1917, are recorded as being part of the force that sailed to France in August 1918, and quickly rotated into the front line defenses. In October of that same year, they repelled a major German raid, supported by artillery and flamethrower teams, killing eleven attackers in the process.