By Iuliana Petre

Fort Hood Herald

If you see soldiers wearing maroon berets on Fort Hood, fear not. They’re not lost and neither are you.

The airborne qualified soldiers are part of the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, which is a stand-alone unit, not under the command of the 1st Cavalry or Ivy divisions.

The separate brigade has a specific mission to conduct intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance operations. They have deployed soldiers during the Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-08 campaign in support of the war on terrorism to more than 25 forward operating bases throughout Iraq.

The brigade underwent a change of responsibility ceremony on Friday, during which the interim-Command Sgt. Maj. Fernando O. Garcia relinquished responsibility as senior non-commissioned officer to Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Rozumny.

In his 29 years in the Army, Rozumny has been no stranger to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade or Fort Hood.

Rozumny arrived at Fort Hood in 1989 and spent more than 10 years on the installation. At one point he was the first sergeant for Alpha Company, 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

He deployed several times in support of peace-keeping operations in Kosovo, Turkey, and later deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, with the 4th Infantry Division.

Rozumny is happy to be back with the 504th.

“This is where I really blossomed as a noncommissioned officer,” said Rozumny referring to the time he spent on Fort Hood.

Garcia returned to his previous position as the battalion command sergeant major for the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion following the change of responsibility ceremony.

The 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade will continue to train to support the global war on terrorism and is scheduled to deploy again in the future.

Contact Iuliana Petre at or call (254) 501-7469.

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