The first major restructuring of the Nebraska Army National Guard in 20 years will give Guard members more opportunity, especially in western Nebraska.
Adjutant General Daryl Bohac says the Nebraska Guard decided to reorganize after the Army moved away from Battlefield Surveillance.
“I think one of the most exciting things about this is the opportunity for our soldiers,” Bohac tells reporters during a news conference.
The 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade of Lincoln will become the 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Western Nebraska, once only transportation units, will diversify, providing more opportunity for Guard members, according to Bohac.
“I would put it to you this way, there are only so many people that are interested in being truck drivers and so by having greater opportunity, greater range of opportunity in western Nebraska, that’s good for us,” Bohac says. “But, we’re doing that across the state.”
Roughly 1,100 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers from units in 16 Nebraska communities will be affected: Lincoln, Omaha, Beatrice, Columbus, York, Hastings, Kearney, Grand Island, Mead, O’Neill, Broken Bow, North Platte, McCook, Sidney, Scottsbluff, and Chadron.
The Nebraska Army National Guard outlines the changes:
· The transition of the Lincoln-based 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade into the 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade;
· The addition of a new engineer battalion headquarters in Columbus;
· The replacement of the Kearney-based transportation battalion headquarters with a brigade support battalion headquarters;
· The transition of Kearney’s transportation company into distribution support and field maintenance companies;
· The transition of the transportation company in Chadron and Scottsbluff into a military police company. Scottsbluff will also see the addition of a new field maintenance company detachment;
· The transition of O’Neill’s chemical company detachment into a field maintenance company detachment;
· The addition of a new military police company detachment in Grand Island;
· The transition of York’s transportation company detachment into an engineer company detachment;
· The addition of a new Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment and a Military History Detachment in Lincoln;
· The deactivation of the Mead-based Detachment 2, 165th Quartermaster Company with the remaining Rigger Soldiers reorganized into the 515th Rigger Support Team at the Mead Training Site;
· Some slight changes to the Lincoln, Hastings, Mead, and Beatrice-based 1-134th Cavalry Squadron with the addition of a new Cavalry Support Company in Lincoln;
· The transition of an engineering detachment and a brigade support company detachment in Hastings into a new Engineering Forward Support Company.
Bohac says the changes will enhance the Guard’s readiness for state and national emergencies.
The changes will begin in early January and should take three years to complete. The Nebraska National Guard has 3,600 members, about 200 fewer than authorized by the Army.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]