Col. George V. Brown
- Commander, 83rd TC
Command Sgt. Maj. James B. Kendrick
- CSM, 83rd TC
Year in Review - 2017
The 83rd Troop Command (TC) is an organization with diverse and highly skilled subordinate units that focus their efforts on operational readiness and training in order to support both federal and domestic missions. This year, the 83rd TC responded to natural disasters, supported a historical nationallevel event and reconfigured its organizational structure to meet the changing demands required of its force.
The 779th Engineer Battalion Headquarters, Forward Support Company and 869th Engineer Company recently cased their colors, signifying the end of their service effective Aug. 30, 2017. The 779th Engineer Battalion acted as the command and control element leading more than 1,200 Soldiers and Airmen providing security and freedom of movement during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
Along with six other states, the 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment supported one of the most challenging aviation missions the U.S. Army has recently embraced when Task Force (TF) Makos deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. In total, TF Makos completed over 8,000 flight hours, hauled over 3.5 million pounds of cargo, transported nearly 35,000 passengers and performed 144 medical evacuation missions.
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion,111th Aviation Regiment tracked a total of 814 air traffic movements of both civilian and military aircraft during the Amelia Concours d’Elegance car show and Operation Northern Strike, ensuring they were prepared to conduct airfield operations.
The 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) upgraded its equipment, bringing the unit on par with its active duty counterparts. In September, members of the 146th ESB provided critical communications support to the Florida Keys immediately after Hurricane Irma damaged cell-phone towers from Marathon to Key West.
The 44th Civil Support Team (CST) provides support to civil authorities at domestic chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear incident sites. This year, the team trained in maritime responses with counterparts from Washington state and the U.S. Coast Guard to support the MLB All-Stars Game, NASCAR Coke Zero Race and Daytona 500. The 48th CST worked 12 real-world standby missions around the state to include the annual NASCAR race in Homestead, bowl games in Miami, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, several marathons at Disney World and a college football championship game in Tampa.
The 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment provided public affairs support to units supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration and conducted public affairs operations in response to state emergencies. This year, Companies A and C of the 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group returned from deployments to the Middle East and Africa. Other elements of the unit completed a Special Operations Mission Training Center rotation, certifying them to deploy.
Special Operations Detachment - Central (SOD-C) deployed to the United Arab Emirates to participate in Exercise Eastern Eagle 2017, which partners U.S. special operations forces with their counterparts from the UAE. The SOD-C also conducted several static line airborne operations to maintain airborne and jumpmaster currency.