Col. John Pelleriti
- Commander, 83rd TC
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Ponder
- CSM, 83rd TC
Year in Review - 2019
The 83rd Troop Command is a diverse command consisting of Special Forces, Aviation, Signal, Engineers,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Public Affairs and Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams.
Our units fight, fly, sky dive, SCUBA dive, dig, build, analyze hazards, render safe, communicate, manage
airfields, and engage with the media.
The Special Operation Detachments Central (SOD-C) deployed in support of Operation Inherent
Resolve, providing mission command of Special Operations in Iraq and Syria. The 3rd Battalion 20th
Special Forces Group (A) mobilized to support a Central American Foreign Internal Defense mission. The
Battalion Headquarters and Charlie Company also participated in Joint Readiness Training 19-08 and
then immediately deployed as the command element of Special Operations Task Force-Northwest Africa.
The 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment received an overall “Green” rating during January’s U.S. Army
Forces Command Aviation Resource Management Survey. Aviation Soldiers then executed mission
essential tasks during our hurricane exercise in May, setting conditions for the first-ever deployment of
Florida’s Helicopter Search and Rescue Team during Hurricane Dorian. The 2nd Battalion, 111th Aviation
Regiment provided air traffic services in support of the annual Concours d’Elegance, and provided shelter
support during Hurricane Dorian.
The 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion has been preparing for deployment all year with equipment
preparation and Soldier training. Despite that, the unit mobilized for Hurricane Dorian and was
responsible for Saint Johns, Duval and Nassau counties.
The 44th and 48th Civil Support Teams (CSTs) identify Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and
Explosive (CBRNE) agents and substances, assess current or projected consequences, advise on response
measures, and assist with requests from the Incident Commanders Emergency Management agencies
throughout the State of Florida. Both CSTs filled key roles during Hurricane Dorian.
The 221st EOD successfully completed a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation while supporting
training of multiple law enforcement agencies' bomb squads. Additionally, the 221st responded to
20 real world missions in support of Camp Blanding range operations. The 868th Engineer Company
continued the construction of the Florida Highway Patrol Institute Track project at the Pat Thomas Law
The 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment provided public affairs support to enhance awareness and
promote the organization. Supported missions include eXportable Combat Training Capability, State
Partnership Program, the CST proficiency training, Tradewinds 2019, and Hurricane Dorian.
In summary, the 83rd Troop Command does things the RIGHT way, is always READY for state and
federal missions and is exceptionally RELEVANT as evidenced by the large number of state and federal
mobilizations supported. Florida First!