NGAUS Washington Report
(Oct. 22, 2013) The Army National Guard is reorganizing its brigade combat teams to stay in step with rest of the Army, according to a report in Army Times.
Six of the Guard’s 28 brigade combat teams will be reorganized this year, with the others to follow through fiscal 2018, said Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., the director of the Army Guard.
Under the reorganization, each armored and infantry BCT will receive a third maneuver battalion. Each BCTs also will receive additional engineer and fires capabilities. The plan is to take existing Guard units and align them with the BCTs, Ingram said.
After reorganization, each brigade will have about 4,500 soldiers, about 1,000 more than they do now.
The six BCTs that will be reorganized in fiscal 2014 are:
- 1st BCT, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota
- 29th BCT, Hawaii
- 55th BCT, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania
- 56th BCT, 36th Infantry Division, Texas
- 76th BCT, Indiana
- 79th BCT, California
The report said six more BCTs a year will reorganized through fiscal 2016 and five each will be done in fiscal 2017 and 2018.