48th Chemical Brigade (United States)

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48th Chemical Brigade
48th Chemical Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 16 September 2007–present
Country United States
Branch U.S. Army
Role Chemical Defense
Size Brigade
Part of 20th CBRNE Command
Garrison/HQ Fort Hood
Colonel Christopher Cox[1]

The 48th Chemical Brigade is a United States Army brigade located at Fort Hood, Texas and subordinate to the 20th Support Command (CBRNE). The 48th Chemical Brigade is the only active duty NBC defense brigade in the Army. The Brigade is tasked to discover, counter, neutralize chemical, biological or nuclear threats. The Brigade was activated 16 September 2007, under the command of Colonel Vance P. (Phil) Visser and CSM E. Donald Moten.


The 48th Chemical Brigade is currently composed of:[2]

The 83rd Chemical Battalion was formerly the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion, which fought with the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy until those three battalions were destroyed during Operation Shingle.


  • Colonel Vance P. (Phil) Visser (2007–2009)
  • Colonel Eric Brigham (2009–2011)[4]
  • Colonel Maria Zumwalt (2011–2013)[5]
  • Colonel Sven Erichsen (2013–2015)[6]
  • Colonel Christopher Cox (2015–2017)[7]
  • Colonel Christopher Hoffman (2017-Present)

Command Sergeants Major[edit]

  • CSM Donald Moten (2007–2011)
  • CSM Kenneth M. Graham (2011–2013)[5]
  • CSM Kendall Owens (2013–2015)[6]
  • CSM Christopher Williams (2015–)[7]


  1. ^ "48th Chemical Brigade : Leadership". United States Army. 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "48th Chemical Brigade: Subordinate Units". United States Army. 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ 20th CBRNE commander visits Soldiers new to Bliss, accessdate=2016-07-26
  4. ^ Graham, Heather (June 18, 2009). "Spartans welcome new commander". Fort Hood Sentinel. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Stairrett, Amanda Kim (June 15, 2011). "Zumwalt assumes 48th Chemical Brigade command". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Janes, Brandon (July 3, 2013). "Erichsen leaves Pentagon, takes command of brigade". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Ham, Walter (July 17, 2015). "48th Chemical Brigade holds change of command". Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 

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