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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — The 90th Personnel Services Battalion inactivated Friday morning, leaving its human resources mission in the hands of the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade.

The battalion, which has been inactivated and reactivated numerous times in the last 60-plus years, is a sign of the change going on within the Army, Col. David MacEwen, commander of 1st Personnel Command, the battalion’s parent unit, said during a ceremony at Smith Barracks.

“Change is always hard, particularly when change is so close and personal,” MacEwen said.

But change and adaptability also help the Army to better serve its soldiers, he said.

“That’s what this inactivation is really about,” MacEwen said.

Shifting personnel readiness and human resources functions to within the brigade will ensure the best possible support, he said.

“I feel comfortable that even though this is hard, we’ve got it right,” MacEwen said.

While the battalion was deployed to Kuwait last year, the order came down for inactivation, said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Brlecic, the unit’s commander.

As a result, what normally would be a year’s worth of inactivation work was compressed into about four months, he said after the ceremony, a strong showing from a battalion that has deployed five times in the past 12 years.

Since it first stood up in 1944, the support battalion has deployed to major U.S. wars, including Vietnam, the Balkans and Iraq.

“We have been extremely busy,” Brlecic said during the ceremony. “I am infinitely proud of the soldiers, and those who have already departed.”


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