50th Regional Support Group
Commander: COL Pete Kaye
Command Sergeant Major: Command Sgt. Maj. Gene Meisenheimer
Location: Homestead, Fla.
Mission: To provide contingency and expeditionary base operations support, with responsibilities for managing facilities, providing administrative and logistical support of soldier services, ensuring the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp. The RSG provides mission command of assigned units during homeland security (HLS) , homeland defense (HLD), and civil support (CS) missions within the United States, to include managing the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI) of supporting forces when not deployed, the RSG provides oversight for training, readiness and mobilization of assigned forces.
Soldiers from the 50th Regional Support Group play an important role in Florida’s response to emergencies, providing logistics support to hurricane and disaster response throughout the state when called on by the governor. These Soldiers have provided assistance during several state missions in support of major storms in the past and continue to be ready for any upcoming state missions.
The 50th RSG is comprised of Soldiers from: Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHD), 50th RSG; 930th Digital Liaison Detachment; HHC, 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion; 144th Transportation Company; 256th Medical Company; 631st Maintenance Company; 153rd Finance Company; 260th Military Intelligence Battalion; 356th Quartermaster Company; 856th Quartermaster Company; 13th Army Band and the 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
More than 1,800 Florida Army National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the major command.
The 50th Area Support Group was constituted July 5, 1946, in the Florida National Guard as Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Infantry, an element of the 51st Infantry Division. It organized and was Federally recognized Dec. 17, 1946, in Miami. It consolidated April 15, 1959, with the Service Company, 211th Infantry (organized and federally recognized April 15, 1947, in Miami), and the consolidated unit was reorganized and redesignated as the Combat Support Company, 1st Battle Group, 211th Infantry.
It converted and was redesignated April 15, 1963, as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 164th Artillery Group, and was relieved from assignment to the 51st Infantry Division. It consolidated May 1, 1963, with Brigade Headquarters, 55th Operational Headquarters and the consolidated unit was designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 164th Artillery Group.
The 55th Operational Headquarters was constituted July 5, 1946, in the Florida National Guard as Headquarters Company, 211th Infantry, an element of the 51st Infantry Division. It organized and was federally recognized Nov. 14, 1946, in Miami. It consolidated April 15, 1959, with part of the Medical Company, 211th Infantry (organized and federally recognized March 11, 1948, in Miami), and the consolidated unit was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Company, 1st Battle Group, 211th Infantry. The unit converted and was redesignated Feb. 15, 1963, as the Brigade Headquarters, 55th Operational Headquarters, and was relieved from assignment to the 51st Infantry Division.
The 164th Artillery Group was reorganized and redesignated Jan. 3, 1972, as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 227th Field Artillery Group. It was redesignated May 9, 1978, as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 227th Field Artillery Brigade.
The unit converted and was redesignated Oct. 1, 1988, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 50th Support Group. It relocated Sept. 1, 1997, to Homestead, Fla.
Recent Missions: The 50th Area Support Group deployed to Kuwait in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing logistics support to the Kuwait and Iraq combat theaters while providing command technical control to 13 deployment and redeployment support nodes in Kuwait. The 50th ASG led the Combined Joint Reception, Staging and Onward-movement process for U.S. and Coalition troops ensuring entire divisions redeployed in record time. The command staff orchestrated the flow of more than 265,000 personnel and 365,000 pieces of equipment through the area of responsibility. The 50th ASG ensured more than 4.5 million meals were served in seven facilities, including the largest fielded in the Army. In addition, the command reduced monthly operations expenses by $1.8 million through the elimination of excess capacity and consolidating contracts for service and facilities in the area of responsibility. Group-wide, the 50th ASG processed a daily average of 1,629 material release orders in the largest repair parts activity in the U.S. Army, stocking more than 75,000 individual lines. The 50th ASG generated a 100% wall-to-wall inventory of the Theater Ammunition Supply Activity of more than 12,000 tons of ammunition while supporting the largest rotation of combat forces since World War II.
50th Regional Support Group
The 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) located in Homestead and commanded by COL Peter S. Kaye and CSM Gene Meisenheimer, has executed another successful year. The 50th Regional Support Group completed a successful annual training event in support of Operation Golden Coyote 2015 in Rapid City, SD and Guernsey, WY and supported the Key Resolve 2015 exercise in South Korea. The men and women of the 50th Regional Support Group remain postured to support a wide range of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) missions including Command and Control CBRN Response Element (C2CRE), CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P), Wild Fire Support, Emergency Operation Center (EOC) liaison operations, and all logistical support emergency response contingencies.
930th Digital Liaison Detachment
The 930th Digital Liaison Detachment (DLD) located in Homestead is commanded by COL Michael Stacks and CSM Alain Roque. Members of the 930th DLD participated in both joint exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014 and Key Resolve 2015, employing unit members to provide liaison operations in order to synchronize and coordinate the military operations of multiple nations. Additionally, the Detachment is already working diligently to prepare for its next annual training event in Korea in support of the joint exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015.
146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
The 146th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) located in Jacksonville is commanded by LTC Gray Johnson and CSM Rick Campbell. The battalion had a busy 2015, participating in many training events and exercises in addition to the normal annual training and IDT periods. In January, the 146th conducted signal lanes training at Camp Blanding in which the best signal platoon, maintenance section, and food service section were crowned. In February, the Battalion executed a WIN-T equipment upgrade, which required the majority of its Soldiers to participate in 2 weeks of new equipment training. In March, B/146th was certified as the CERFP DECON team, relieving C/146th of those duties. In April, HHC and A/146th deployed to Camp Atterbury, IN as Task Force STB to participate in Operation Vibrant Response. As TF STB, the 146th provides communications support as well as command and control of DRUs for Task Force 38 (38 ID, INARNG), C2CRE-B. As part of the C2CRE-B Task Force, the 146th is required to deploy within 96 hours to respond to any CBRNE event in the CONUS. In July, C/146th sent a platoon to Ft Polk to support the 2/34 ID (IAARNG) at JRTC with the rest of the Battalion supporting the 164th ADA BDE during their AT period at Camp Blanding.
260th Military Intelligence Battalion
The 260th Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist) located in Miami and commanded by LTC Aaron Peck and CSM David Kirby executes mission command over multiple units across the intelligence and sustainment warfighter functions. The battalion is comprised of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and A Company in Miami, B Company in Pinellas Park, C Detachment in Jacksonville, 856th Quartermaster Company in Immokalee, 356th Quartermaster Company in Fort Lauderdale, and the 13th Army Band in Pembroke Pines.
Over the past year, the 356th and 856th Quartermaster Companies supported multiple missions in support of the Army Sustainment Command (ASC) at Ft Dix, Ft Hood and West Point Academy. The battalion deployed linguists in support of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Operation Beyond the Horizon (El Salvador), OBANGAME Express 2015 (Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, and Ghana), participated in Navy Africa (NAVAF) Planning Conference IOT provide input on linguist support to a NAVAF exercise. They also deployed Soldiers in support of the following exercises XCTC 15-001, JRTC 15-001/15-009, NTC 15-001/15-002/15-009 and Dominica in support of SSP. The battalion staff and company (-) deployed to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) to conduct Staff training, also sent Military Intelligence Soldiers from HHD, A Co, B Co and C Detachment to Camp Williams, Utah to participate in Operation Panther Strike 2015. Also conducted language immersion training in Costa Rica. Additionally, the battalion trained for its principal DSCA mission as SERT-LNOs and as a force provider for TF LOG, CERF-P and Fire suppression augmentation support. The 13th Army Band continues its valued year-round musical support in support of military and patriotic events throughout the state of Florida.
927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion The 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) located on CBJTC and commanded by LTC Geri L. Swarts has continued its proud heritage of providing world class service and support. The 927th CSSB provided command and control over 9 extremely diverse units; each unit fits uniquely within the BN and also its local community.
HHC 927th traveled to Ft. Polk, Louisiana to provide exercise support and sustainment services to the 2/10 BCT during Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Rotation 15-04. During the rotation, 927th CSSB planned, synchronized, and executed sustainment operations to include transportation, subsistence, general supplies, bulk fuel, repair parts, and major end items for support of forces assigned to TAAC-S. The Battalion also performed continuous and rigorous Force Protection measures throughout all operations in order to ensure survivability of operational sustainment assets.
The 144th Transportation Company participated in the 4th Annual National Night Out 2015. The Marianna Police Department with several other local agencies, to include the 144th TC, hosted this crime prevention event at Madison Park for a turnout of about 3,000 in attendance. The event is designed to raise awareness about crime prevention and to develop growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs within the community. The Annual National Night Out is designed to build a better police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie. Soldiers from 144th TC hosted the Rock Wall and talked with residents from Jackson and surrounding counties which produced almost 300 leads for the Army National Guard.
The 153rd FMSU conducted AT at CBJTC in order to conduct comprehensive technical finance operations and tactical hands-on-training on theater-specific skills. Each Detachment set up a finance office as though they were in a deployed environment and conducted full spectrum FINOPS. The four Finance units also completed Land Navigation, Ruck Run Competition, participated in the Live Grenade Range, H.E.A.T. Roll Over, IED and Sling Load training, MEDEVAC on a UH-60 Black Hawk, and a Ride-along on a CH-47.
The 256th Area Support Medical Company participated in Golden Coyote at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming for Annual Training. The unit taught a Combat Life Saver (CLS) Course for the Golden Coyote exercise participants, conducted Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training, with focus on basic tactics and principles, and culminated the annual training (AT) period with a live fire exercise with 4-man teams engaged in movement to contact and frontal assault of an objective. The 256th also provided real world medical support to exercise participants and completed annual requirements for maintenance of Army Medic (68W) certification.
The 631st Maintenance Company conducted Field Maintenance Operations and Army Warrior Tasks during their annual training. This Field Maintenance and Tactical training was the first in its kind in nearly nine (9) years, giving the unit members a unique training opportunity.
The 1996th AQT supported the 125th Fighter Wing during Annual Training by conducting the Base Contracting Office’s annual review of the Government Purchase Card Program.
All units continued to refine their DSCA plans and coordinated with our partners at the Florida Department of Emergency Management for training at the State Logistics Response Center and Logistical Staging Areas.
The 50th RSG remains postured to support a wide range of civil support missions including CERF-P Rapid Response, wildfire support and all logistical support emergency response contingencies. Our ongoing efforts in Korea continue as we train for part of Ulchi Focus Guardian. Our partnership in this part of the world remains critical as we support the military operations on the Korean pennisula.
Unit insignia: The 50th Area Support Group’s shoulder sleeve insignia is mounted on a shield-shaped embroidered item, arched outwardly at top. The insignia, in the shape of a broad spear tip, symbolizes Florida’s Native American heritage and the home state of the Group. The bend within the border signifies the increased role of the unit to protect the people of Florida during times of disaster. The green and blue background alludes to the meeting of land and sea, emphasizing the Group’s areas of operations. The sun and its radiating rays allude to the eight cardinal points of the compass, illustrating the global reach and the impact of the soldiers of the 50th Area Support Group. The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on Feb. 24, 2009.