EDISON, New Jersey – After 99 years of service, 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) deactivated June 3, 2017 at the Maj. Gen. William Weigel U.S. Army Reserve Center as part of the 98th Training Division (IET) restructure.
The reorganization was designed to reposition units across the country to maintain readiness, as well as to provide the Army with the ability to expand its training base and transform civilians into agile and adaptive Soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Miles Davis, commander, 98th Training Division (IET).
“Today we commemorate the storied history of the 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment,” said Davis. “A Battalion whose service to this great Nation has spanned almost a century.”
In Army history, it is not uncommon for units to activate and deactivate multiple times depending on the Army mission, force structure and organizational needs.
The battalion has a long history, which includes members such as PVT Audie Murphy.
“In fact, today’s color casing marks only the third time that this illustrious unit has been inactivated since it was stood up in 1918,” Davis said. “In World War II, the 3rd Battalion was the first battalion in the 385th Infantry Regiment to span the Sauer and go into action on the soil of Germany. It was part of the first regiment in its division to cross the Rhine. Its Soldiers have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It has trained thousands of Soldiers at Army Training Centers in Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Jackson. From the Siegfried Line to the Moseley Valley, from Iraq to Afghanistan, to Army Training Centers across this great Nation, this battalion has risen to every challenge given by our Nation.”
While the ceremony of casing the colors is part of Army tradition, leaders of 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment took the opportunity to praise and award Soldiers for their hard work and dedication.
“I commend the Soldiers and families, past and present, of the 3rd Battalion for their hard work and commitment to excellence,” Davis said. “And as we depart today’s ceremony, I challenge you to carry forth the legacy of those who have served before you. For I know should the need arise, we will see the colors of the 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment unfurled again.”