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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division activated a Special Troops Battalion here Wednesday as part of its transformation to a Unit of Execution.

Such a unit combines corps and division functions and can command and control up to five brigade combat teams. The battalion, to be based at camps Red Cloud and Mobile, both in South Korea, will combine signals, support and personnel management capabilities, according to its commander, Lt. Col. Bridget Rourke, 41, of Chillicothe, Ohio.

The primary components of the 1,000-soldier unit include:

A support company, formed largely from units of the 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion, to provide support to the 2nd ID headquarters command posts.Two signal companies, composed of soldiers formerly of 2nd ID’s 122nd Signal Company, to help establish the division’s signal network.A headquarters company — formerly designated Headquarters Headquarters Company, 2X — charged with staffing 2nd ID’s command posts.The Warrior Replacement Company to manage the Warrior Readiness Center at Camp Mobile. The center welcomes new members of 2nd ID to South Korea and provides training on South Korean culture.Activation of the Special Troops Battalion follows last week’s activations of 2nd ID’s Multi-Functional Aviation Brigade, Fires Brigade and 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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