7th Infantry Division

Army Announces Plans to Reactivate 7th Infantry Division

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash., April 26, 2012 – The secretary of the Army announced plans today to reactivate the 7th Infantry Division and stand up its headquarters here.

The two-star headquarters, which will oversee the training and readiness of five of the installation’s 10 brigades, will fill an administrative layer between those units and I Corps. The division headquarters will not be deployable, John McHugh said during a press conference on the installation…

The soon-to-be reactivated division will encompass 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; 17th Fires Brigade and 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, for a total of some 17,000 Soldiers. But as a nondeployable headquarters, the new division headquarters and its estimated 250 personnel will primarily focus on making sure soldiers are properly trained and equipped, and that order and discipline is maintained in its subordinate brigades.

The brigade combat teams are Stryker brigades based at Lewis with their HQ on the other side of the Pacific. This leaves the 2nd ID with its 1st Brigade and a combat aviation brigade and fires brigade in Korea. I’m not sure if there will be other brigades added to 2nd Division or not.

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  1. This latest move doesn’t sound like the creation of any new units. It just appears to be more reflagging of units which the Army does at the drop of a dime.

    The Army never ceases to amaze me in how little they understand the importance of unit integrity and continuity. Many units have proud and impressive histories, but most soldiers never absorb that history.

    One thing I like about the USMC is that they seem to keep the same lineage alive throughout time. Look at the 1st Marine Division and her fighting regiments, 1st, 5th and 7th. They are probably the same today as they were in WW2.

    Look at any US Army division and its regimental nomenclature changes frequently. Army divisions are activated and deactivated. Regiments in one division today, are in another tomorrow. It’s really hard to develop pride in one’s unit when they keep playing musical chairs.

    I went through such a process in my time. One day we were part of a particular infantry regiment with its own distinctive unit insignia, the next day we became a different one. Same soldiers, same base, same equipment, same mission, though now we wore different distinctive unit insignia. It’s crazy. I’d rather keep the continuity of a unit that can trace its history back to famous battles so that one can feel part of a long, unbroken line of tradition.

    1. 11B,

      Yeah same here. I did it twice. One in the FRG I was in a batallion HHC, then we changed. To a different batallion in the same regiment. One day we’re 5-15, next day we’re 1-15 and for no reason adequately explained to mere private soldiers.

      Other time was in the Guard. I was in a Bde HHC but the parent division deactivated. We floated for a year or two then re-flagged as a bde of the 29th ID in VA, ~600 miles away.

      I’d rather keep the continuity as well.

  2. The fact that I can call that the “Beer-can Division” based on the graphics of the unit patch tells a lot about my age.

    I was in the 2nd Infantry division in Korea in 1969-70 when the 7th ID was the OTHER US division there.

    MC

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