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Col. Richard Elam - Commander, 50th RSG
Command Sgt. Maj. Eugene Meisenheimer - CSM, 50th RSG

Year in Review - 2016

The 50th Regional Support Group (RSG), located in Homestead, completed another highly successful training year with numerous subordinate units participating in annual training events around the globe. The Soldiers and civilians of the 50th RSG are postured to support the state of Florida with a wide array of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) missions.

Members of the 930th Digital Liaison Detachment (DLD), located in Homestead, participated in a rigorous Warfighter Exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as Key Resolve and Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises held in the Republic of South Korea. The mission of the 930th DLD is to provide direct operational liaison support to joint and coalition forces throughout the theater of operations.

The 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB), located in Jacksonville, engaged in numerous challenging training events and exercises over the past year. The 146th ESB also completed an extensive two-week equipment upgrade and Signal Soldier skills training package that increased mission effectiveness. Additionally, Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Alpha Company elements deployed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, with the rest of the battalion, and served as the designated Special Troops Battalion for the Task Force supporting Operation Vibrant Response. As part of the Command and Control Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Element (C2CRE-B) Task Force, the 146th ESB is required to deploy within 96 hours to respond to any Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRNE) event in the Continental United States (CONUS).

The 260th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, located in Miami, trained this year for its principal DSCA mission as State Emergency Response Team liaison officers and as a force provider for task force logistics. The battalion is comprised of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and Alpha Company in Miami; Bravo Company in Pinellas Park; Charlie Detachment in Jacksonville; the 856th Quartermaster Company in Arcadia; and the 356th Quartermaster Company and the 13th Army Band which are both located in Fort Lauderdale. The 260th MI was recognized as the prestigious National Guard Command Language Program recipient for 2016. The 260th MI deployed Soldiers to language immersion training in Spain and Germany and participated in several CONUS-based advanced language training exercises. The 260th MI also deployed and supported the Central Accord 16 Exercise in support of U.S. Army Africa and the Ulchi Freedom Guardian 16 mission in the Republic of South Korea. The 356th and 856th Quartermaster Companies also supported multiple logistical operations across the nation, including Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point, New York. During 2016, the 13th Army Band continued to captivate audiences at numerous venues providing support of military and patriotic events throughout the state of Florida.

The 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), located at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, provided command and control over a diverse scope of military occupational specialties including medical, maintenance, transportation and finance. In addition to its federal training mission, the 927th CSSB served as the 50th RSG’s lead logistics element working with the Florida Department of Emergency Management and supporting the State Logistics Readiness Center operation.