67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade

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67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade
67th Infantry Brigade SSI.svg
Shoulder sleeve insignia
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch Army National Guard
Nickname(s) Pike Brigade
Motto(s) All Hell Can't Stop Us
Decorations Meritorious Unit Commendation[1]

The 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade is a battlefield surveillance brigade (BfSB) of the Nebraska Army National Guard. It derives its lineage from the 67th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), previously a component of the 35th Infantry Division (Mechanized).[2]

As the 67th Infantry Brigade, the brigade was initially formed in August 1917 in the Iowa and Nebraska Army National Guards, and was part of the 34th Division mobilized for World War I.[3] It comprised the 133rd Infantry Regiment and the 134th Infantry Regiment. It was disbanded in February 1919, but formed again in 1921, still as part of the 34th Division. From 1921 to 1942 it was part of the Iowa Army National Guard seemingly comprising only the 168th Infantry Regiment.

From 1964 to 1985 it was the 67th Infantry Brigade. The brigade was organized under the Selected Reserve Force (SRF) program in the 1960s. The Brigade consisted of (among other units) 1st Bn/134th Infantry, 2nd Bn/134th Infantry (later inactivated), 1st Battalion, 195th Armor (which joined in 1978),[4] Troop E/167th Cavalry and Co.D/567th Engineers. This brigade was assigned as a "round out" brigade to the 4th Infantry Division. In the event of conflict the 67th Brigade would have come under the command of the 4th Infantry Division as one of its organic brigades. The 67th trained annually with the 4th Infantry Div. at Ft. Carson, CO.

State ARNG newspapers reporting the recreation of the BfSB in 2008 say that the infantry brigade was reformed in 1962, with its main elements being the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 134th Infantry Regiment. Other combat units that were part of the brigade from the 1960s eventually included the 1st Battalion, 168th Field Artillery Regiment,[5] and Troop E, 167th Cavalry, which was constituted and assigned in 1964.

The brigade was then assigned to the 35th ID, from 1985 to 2002.

Material reproduced by Globalsecurity.org from 2001-2002, seemingly originally drawn from state National Guard sources, said:[6]

These change comes as a result of the restructuring of the National Guard's to better meet the needs and requirements of the regular Army, and is one step in a seven-year process aimed at transforming the 67th Infantry Brigade into a support group.
As of mid-2001, the process which had started in central Nebraska was four years along, and the regiment's 1-195th Armor and 67th Forward Support battalions were in various stages of transition.

It was announced in 2015 that 67th BFSB would transition to a Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.[7][8]

In 2003 it was converted to the 67th Area Support Group.[9] On 7 September 2008, it appears to have been redesignated the 67th BfSB.[10]

Subordinate commands[edit]

  • 67th BfSB Headquarters & Headquarters Company (NE-ARNG)
    • 1st Squadron, 134th Cavalry Regiment (R&S) (NE-ARNG)
    • 1167th Brigade Support Maintenance Company (NE-ARNG)
    • 234th Network Support Company (NE-ARNG)
    • 192nd Military Police Detachment (NE-ARNG)(administratively attached; assigned to the 402d Military Police Battalion)[11]
    • 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Regiment (NE-ARNG)(administratively attached; assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 35th Infantry Division)
    • 250th Military Intelligence Battalion (CA-ARNG)

Commanders[edit]

  • As 67th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized)[10]
    • Brigadier General Hubert A. Allen August 25, 1917 – March 18, 1918[12]
    • Lieutenant Colonel Albert H. Hollingsworth (ad interim)
    • Brigadier General Hubert A. Allen March 22, 1918 – November 14, 1918
    • Brigadier General William F. Bachman April 1963 – March 1968
    • Brigadier General Dayle Williamson December 1983 – August 1985
  • As 67th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division
  • As 67th Area Support Group
  • As 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) Commanders:
    • Colonel David Petersen
    • Colonel Philip Stemple June 2010 - 28 Apr 2011[13]
    • Lieutenant Colonel Brett Andersen 28 Apr 2011 - June 2011
    • Colonel Michael Deger June 2011 – March 2013
    • Colonel Brett Andersen - March 2013 to April 2014
    • Colonel Kevin Lyons - April 2014
    • Lt. Col. Rich Gray - [14]
  • As 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
    • Colonel Craig Strong - November 2016 - Present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Permanent Orders No. 200-52, US Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY, 19 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ Isby and Kamps, Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's Publishing Company, 1985, p.383
  3. ^ John J. McGrath, The Brigade: A History Its Organization and Employment in the US Army, Combat Studies Institute Press, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2004?, 169.
  4. ^ Pope, Jeffrey Lynn; Kondratiuk, Leonid E., eds. (1995). Armor-Cavalry Regiments: Army National Guard Lineage. DIANA Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 9780788182068. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Prairie Soldier, August 2008, 10
  6. ^ Globalsecurity.org, 67th Infantry Brigade, accessed December 2013.
  7. ^ Don Walton - Lincoln Journal Star (17 November 2015). "Army Guard broadens training opportunities". JournalStar.com. 
  8. ^ http://www.northplattebulletin.com/index.asp?show=news&action=readStory&storyID=31043&pageID=24
  9. ^ McGrath, The Brigade, 198.
  10. ^ a b Prairie Soldier, August 2008, p.1, accessed 27 December 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Heraldry/ArmyDUISSICOA/ArmyHeraldryUnit.aspx?u=3953
  12. ^ American Expeditionary Forces: Divisions, Volume 2, page 204, US Army Center of Military History, 1988. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.stripes.com/guard-brigade-commander-in-iraq-relieved-of-duties-1.142098 and http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/11/army-brigade-commander-slammed-for-behavior-112011w/
  14. ^ Nebraska Army National Guard Brigade Marks Transition During Change Of Command Ceremony, News Release, Kevin Hynes, 18 August 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2016.