The inactivation of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team could happen as early as this month, according to division commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi.

“Fourth Brigade Combat Team just recently redeployed so the time to take action on that is now,” he said last week. “As we get into fiscal year ’14 ... I’m confident we’ll be able to do it and continue the mission to support soldiers and their families.”

The Army announced in June the inactivation of the “Long Knife” Brigade along with nine other brigade combat teams as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The 33 remaining brigades will be restructured through fiscal year 2017 to include elements removed during the last 10 years of war to make them more rapidly deployable, the announcement stated.

“In order for us to make the brigade combat teams that have an engineer battalion, we’re going to take some units from the other units on post,” Ierardi said. “It’s not just the Cav. The reorganization will touch a lot of units here on Fort Hood.”

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.


Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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