479th uncases its colors

Herald photo/Steven Doll - Soldiers stand in formation during an uncasing ceremony Wednesday at Cameron Field for the 479th Field Artillery Brigade.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD - An uncasing ceremony Wednesday marked the 479th Field Artillery Brigade's official arrival in Central Texas.

The brigade, which is part of First Army Division West, relocated from Fort Sill, Okla., where its colors were cased a month ago. It was a thoughtful and deliberate move, Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson, the division's commander, said Wednesday; the brigade and its soldiers quickly became embedded in the Fort Hood community, building relationships with other brigades and the garrison.

The brigade's commander, Col. William Turner, said he was extremely excited about beginning a new chapter at Fort Hood. Turner took command of the brigade in July 2009, according to information from the unit.

The brigade, which is composed of active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers and operation warrior trainers, is made up of nine units: 1st Battalion, 289th Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 290th Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 381st Regiment; 1st Battalion, 382nd Regiment; 1st Battalion, 393rd Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 393rd Regiment; 1st Battalion, 395th Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 395th Regiment; and Headquarters and Headquarters Battery.

The 393rd and 395th Regiment battalions and the Headquarters Battery are located at Fort Hood. The others are in Houston, Grand Prairie, Oklahoma City and Fort Sill, Okla.

As of Wednesday, the 479th has 686 soldiers located at Fort Hood, according to information from the brigade.

The brigade's soldiers train and validate mobilized reservists and guardsmen to deploy. It also trains active-duty soldiers, seamen, airmen, Marines and coalition forces, according to information from the brigade.

Since Turner took command, the brigade has trained almost 5,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

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