187th Infantry Brigade rolls up flag Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2007
Col. Edward Daly, 187th Infantry Brigade commander, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffry Sheesley, 187th Inf. Bde., right, roll up the brigade colors during the unit's inactivation ceremony on Gammon Field, May 17.
The 187th Infantry Brigade officially inactivated, May 17 in a ceremony after 51 years of training Soldiers in the United States Army; and the four battalions under its former command are now a part of the 3rd Chemical Brigade.

"We are marking an historic event, the inactivation of a brigade headquarters that has contributed so much to Fort Leonard Wood and to the Army over its many years here in south Central Missouri," said Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, United States Army Engineer School assistant commandant.

Sterling said the inactivation was a part of the continuing transformation of the Army; a transformation for Fort Leonard Wood that began in 1996 to bring the Chemical and Military Police schools to the installation.

The 187th Infantry Brigade has undergone many changes under Col. Edward Daly's command, including a model drill sergeant program, troop talks, improvement for realistic forward operating bases, and constant modification of warrior tasks and battle drills, Sterling said.

"The impact on the quality and the number of Soldiers graduating from basic training in the 187th has been clear and unmistakable. The legacy of this brigade and its commander will last for years to come," Sterling said.

Daly said he wanted to leave on his last day with a lesson and a story about a Marine lieutenant and his colonel.

Daly's story spoke of leadership and never settling for what you think is the best. The young lieutenant always felt his commander was picking on him, but in reality, the commander just wanted all his Marines to be the best they could be.

"Maybe as good as we are, if we are not the ones doing the final checks on everything that we do, then who will? That is the lesson that I want to share with you today," Daly said.

Daly said transition in the Army is a very important part of being a Soldier.

"Transition is about Soldiers doing the right things, and I am so proud to be a part of all of this," Daly said.

Maj. Robert Blakenship, 3rd Chem. Bde. said business should move on as normal for all of the battalions.

"Our intention it to make this as smooth as possible for each of the battalions, and it should all be transparent to them and daily business as usual," Blakenship said.

Col. Les Smith, 3rd Chem. Bde. commander said, the daily business will remain the same when it comes to a battle-focused training for Soldiers.

"Weapons immersion, weapons qualification, advanced rifle marksmanship, combatives, field training exercises, standardized physical training, convoy live fire training, identifying and reacting to an IED and forward operating base operations is our priority," Smith said.

3rd Chem. Bde. is now comprised of 82nd Chemical Battalion, 84th Chemical Battalion, 58th Transportation Battalion, 1st Battalion 48th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment and 43rd Adjutant General Battalion.

"When you think about it, we have just become one of the most diverse (Training and Doctrine Command) brigades in the Army," Blakenship said.

The 187th Infantry Brigade was activated Jan. 30 from the 3rd Training Brigade.

(Editors Note: 3rd Chem. Bde. contributed to this article.)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2007 )