48th Brigade will be reclassified - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

48th Brigade will be reclassified

January 19, 2006

Albany- Big changes for Georgia National Guard troops. Most members of the 48th Brigade are in Iraq right now, but when they come home they'll leave their Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicles behind. The 48th Brigade is being reclassified.

They went over to Iraq mechanized and when they come back they'll be light infantry. Part of it has to do with the changing war zone and part of it is training availability.

The 48th Brigade left Ft. Stewart for Iraq with these Bradley Tanks. When they return it will be with Humvees and a new classification, light infantry.

"Basically, the Bradley's are going away, we won't have the Bradley's anymore and it means more training for us," said Captain Willie Harris, 48th Brigade.

The unit has been reclassified from mechanized to light infantry, making them more maneuverable and more suited for the way the conflict in Iraq has changed.

"If you look over the war, it's mostly in urban areas and Bradley's don't do well in urban areas," said Harris.

The change will mean more training for troops and more jobs for south Georgia.

"We'll add about maybe 90 to 100 people to this unit," said Harris.

Soldiers will also give up the three and a half hour drive to Ft. Stewart to train. Training can now be done closer to home.

"Ft. Benning, Albany, even in this local area here, we can do scenarios, train downtown, in urban areas so it will be easier for us," said Harris.

With the tour of duty almost complete, the full changeover will take place shortly after they arrive home.

"Some will start coming back in April, probably the torch party and about 80, 90 percent will be back in May," said Harris.

The changeover will also mean new equipment for the 48th, but officers didn't want to divulge what exactly that new equipment entailed for security reasons.

About 4,500 National Guard troops make up the 48th Brigade.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=(48thBrigadeChange)

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump's health care retreat weighs on global stocks

    Trump's health care retreat weighs on global stocks

    Monday, March 27 2017 9:07 AM EDT2017-03-27 13:07:41 GMT
    Monday, March 27 2017 9:08 AM EDT2017-03-27 13:08:42 GMT
    (AP graphic)(AP graphic)

    Asian stock markets are trading lower as caution among investors prevail with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure.

    More >>

    Asian stock markets are trading lower as caution among investors prevail with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure.

    More >>
  • Pollen brings big business for Albany car washes

    Pollen brings big business for Albany car washes

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:07 AM EDT2017-03-27 11:07:01 GMT
    Car washes are busy this time of year (Source: WALB)Car washes are busy this time of year (Source: WALB)

    Car washes in south Georgia are staying busy as customers try to keep their cars clean of pollen. 

    More >>

    Car washes in south Georgia are staying busy as customers try to keep their cars clean of pollen. 

    More >>
  • UPDATE: AMA receives a new roof after the January storms

    UPDATE: AMA receives a new roof after the January storms

    Monday, March 27 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-03-27 10:22:04 GMT
    The Albany Museum of Art was hit hard by the January 2nd windstorm (Source:WALB)The Albany Museum of Art was hit hard by the January 2nd windstorm (Source:WALB)

    After nearly three months with a temporary roof, the Albany Museum of Art is now getting a permanent one. Albany Museum of Art’s Executive Director Paula Williams told WALB News 10 that the building sustained around $3 million worth of damage due to the January storms.

    More >>

    After nearly three months with a temporary roof, the Albany Museum of Art is now getting a permanent one. Albany Museum of Art’s Executive Director Paula Williams told WALB News 10 that the building sustained around $3 million worth of damage due to the January storms.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly