After 70 years of service, 589th Brigade Support Battalion, Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division inactivated at during a ceremony in front of 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters recently.
Along with 589th BSB, Battery A, 26th Field Artillery Regiment and 324th Network Support Company also cased their colors and inactivated.
The inactivation came as part of the redesignation of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade into 1st Cavalry Division Artillery. Under the new structure, a Divarty isn’t authorized a brigade support battalion.
“A true legacy of a unit is not the date of activation or inactivation, or the statistics of what the unit has accomplished,” said Lt. Col. Lance Cangelosi, commander of the 589th BSB.
“The legacy of a unit is in the mark it has on the soldiers who have served with it. The comradery they have developed and the accomplishment of the unit’s alumni.”
The 589th BSB was originally activated July 29, 1944, in England as the 589th Quartermaster Battalion. Since then, the battalion has been inactivated or redesignated 11 times.
“Things have a way of being cyclic in the Army, so we look forward to a day in the future when the 589th BSB colors are unfurled again,” said Col. Patrick Gaydon, commander of 1st Cavalry Divarty.
First formed in August 1918 at Camp McClellan, Ala., as part of the 9th Infantry Division, Battery A, 26th Field Artillery Regiment has been activated, inactivated or redesignated 19 times.
The 324th Network Support Company can trace its lineage back to Jan. 10, 1943, when it was first formed as the 324th Signal Company Wing at Camp Pinedale, Calif.
“The driving force of the 589th BSB is not seeking glory or attention,” said Cangelosi. “It’s in asking what we can do to make our organization and Soldiers better.”