New battalion activates in Germany to support field artillery

Lt. Col. Ronald Velduizen, the commander of the newly activated 589th Brigade Support Battalion, stands in front of the unit colors, after their activation ceremony at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Jan. 11, 2019.


By MARTIN EGNASH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 11, 2019

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany— The Army this week activated a battalion to support its new field artillery brigade permanently stationed in Europe.

The 589th Brigade Support Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Ronald Velduizen, uncased its unit colors during an activation ceremony in a gym on this Bavarian base Friday.

The maintenance battalion will support the 41st Field Artillery Brigade, which was activated at the base late last year to conduct long-range, precision artillery fire.

Once fully activated in 2020, the brigade and its subordinate units will also include two Multiple Launch Rocket System battalions and a signal company.

These new units are a result of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which directed the U.S. Army to increase its presence in Europe in order to defend NATO allies and deter Russian aggression on the Continent, the Army said in a statement last month.

The 589th BSB was originally activated in England in the last years of World War II and has been deactivated and reactivated in many places throughout its history. It was last inactivated in 2015 at Fort Hood, Texas.

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The leaders of the 589th Brigade Support Battalion unfurl the newly activated brigade's colors, during a ceremony at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Jan. 11, 2019.

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