The Nebraska National Guard is making progress on its transformation, 13 months after it was announced.
Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, adjutant general, says the new 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade just became active.
“And its essential mission is to go in and own the space behind the war fighters,” Bohac tells Nebraska Radio Network, “so that the down-range soldier has the support and everything they need to conduct the war fight.”
The new brigade replaces the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, which the Department of Army decided was no longer needed.
“We’re no longer going to have that kind of force structure,” Bohac says, “so now we have a Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.”
He adds that Division Main Command Post-Operational Detachment (MC-POD), which was formed in February 2016, already has about 90 soldiers serving overseas with the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas.
Bohac says all the changes are not hurting recruitment efforts.
“In the Air National Guard, we’re over 100 percent,” he says. “In the Army National Guard, we’re in the mid-90s (percent), I would say, of strength, but we’re always looking for people willing to serve.”
The National Guard’s statewide transformation is expected to be completed in two years.