The restructuring of the Nebraska National Guard, which Adjutant General Daryl Bohac announced last fall, is well underway.
Bohac said the first step is nearly complete.
“One of the things that will be happening a little bit later this year is we’ll have a unit – the acronym is MCPOD, which stands for Division Main Command Post-Operational Detachment – it will be associated with the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas, and we’ve been training with them,” Bohac told reporters at a news conference.
That will be the first reorganized unit that will be deployed, which is scheduled for October.
“When we send our blood and treasure, the young people of Nebraska, forward into deployed environments, we are sending them with the best possible training to ensure their ultimate success,” Bohad said. “I’m very proud of that relationship [with Fort Riley], very proud of what we’re bringing to the total Army.”
Other changes require changing transportation companies to engineering and military police units.
“For me, as a sign of our success, we have a detachment of military police in Grand Island and I believe we have already filled that detachment with new recruits off the street,” Bohac said. “So, clearly, the shift in what we’re doing is attracting the right kind of person who wants to be part of our force.”
The first restructuring in 20 years was prompted by the Army’s decision to move away from battlefield surveillance, which was the focus of a brigade in Lincoln.