9th MSC activates 303rd MEB

| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 657th RSG stand at parade rest during an inactivation/activation ceremony at Fort Shafter Flats, Jan. 22. The 657th was inactivated and the 303rd MEB was activated. (Sgt. Brooks Basilius | 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Soldiers of the 657th RSG stand at parade rest during an inactivation/activation ceremony at Fort Shafter Flats, Jan. 22. The 657th was inactivated and the 303rd MEB was activated. (Sgt. Brooks Basilius | 305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

9th Mission Support Command
News Release


Concurrently, 657th RSG becomes inactivated

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — A significant warfighting capability was officially added to the U.S. Army Reserve in the Pacific, as the 9th Mission Support Command activated the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, here, Jan. 22.

In the activation ceremony, Soldiers lined the parade field and watched as the teal blue and yellow flag of the 303rd MEB was uncased. Brig. Gen. Michele Compton, commanding general, 9th MSC, presented the flag to Col. Randy Hart, signifying Hart’s assumption of command.

Two subordinate, organic units were also activated, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the 829th Signal Network Support Co. The HHC will provide direct administrative support to the brigade headquarters, and the 829th will provide the MEB with global communications capabilities. The 63rd Brigade Support Battalion remains to be activated.

Simultaneously, with the activation of the 303rd MEB, the 9th MSC inactivated the combat-decorated 657th Regional Support Group, which was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for its significant achievements in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2006-2007.

“It is truly an honor to host today’s ceremony,” Hart said, reflecting on his experience as the 657th RSG’s last commander, and on his outlook on the future of his new command responsibilities. “It was a privilege to command the 657th RSG and to retire its colors today … I can unequivocally say, it was one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever had in my military career.”

According to Compton, the 303rd MEB is designed as a multifunctional command and control headquarters that conducts support area operations, maneuver support operations, stability operations and consequence management to assure the mobility, protection and freedom of action to the maneuver divisions and above.

The 303rd MEB is uniquely designed to manage terrain and hold ground. The multifunctional aspect of the 303rd MEB relates to its ability to bridge functions – such as chemical engineering, civil affairs, air defense and military police – with the brigade combat teams.

Compton noted 23 MEBs are stationed within the Army, and only three are within the U.S. Army Reserve.

“I look forward to working with my staff and the Soldiers of this new command, as we stand up while continuing to support the 9th MSC and the U.S. Army,” Hart said.

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