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 Sven Erichsen

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. Colonel Sven Erichsen and CSM Kendall Owens received command and responsibility on 3 July 2013, becoming the fourth 48th Chemical Brigade commander and third Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

The 48th Chemical Brigade is currently composed of:[1]

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
  • Colonel Eric Brigham
  • Colonel Maria Zumwalt


  • CSM Donald Moten
  • CSM Kenneth Graham

External links[edit]

  • Killeen Daily Article on the Change of Command [1]