329th Regional Support Group
Constituted July 18, 1917, in the Virginia National Guard as Headquarters, 54th Field Artillery Brigade, and assigned to the 29th Division, the unit was converted and reorganized September 1, 2008, as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 329th Regional Support Group. The RSG consists of the 276th Engineer Battalion, the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 1030th Transportation Battalion.
Today, the unit deploys to provide contingency and expeditionary base operations support, with responsibilities for managing facilities, providing administrative and logistical support of Soldier services, and ensuring the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp. The RSG provides mission command of assigned units during homeland security, homeland defense, and civil support missions within the United States, to include managing the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of supporting forces.
Since 2017, the Army has required the 329th RSG to have four Focus Ready Units fully prepared to deploy at a moment’s notice to support global contingency operations. Since assignment as a FRU, these units maintain an exceptionally high operational tempo and hyper-focused state of readiness to meet the Army’s strategic needs.
In the fall of 2019, the 329th RSG relinquished mission command of the Fort Stewart Mobilization Support Force to the Georgia National Guard’s 201st RSG. The MSF is comprised of twenty Army National Guard and Army Reserve Units from eleven states. This contingency mission provides the capabilities to respond to a rapid influx of mobilized units should the need emerge.
In 2019, the 329th supported the Commonwealth in multiple ways. During Hurricane Dorian, the brigade mobilized local Tidewater and Eastern Shore soldiers who stood ready to support localities and first responders during and after the hurricane. Following a request for Virginia’s assistance, the 1173rd Transportation Company sent soldiers to North Carolina to help in their hurricane response efforts. Since 2017, the 229th Military Police Company’s Quick Reaction Force has supported the Virginia State Police in Charlottesville, VA in response to anticipated civil disturbances. In 2019 the 276th Engineer Battalion became responsible for providing Virginia’s National Guard Response Force , the follow-on element to QRF designed to sustain longer-term law enforcement support. Additionally, the 276th accepted responsibility to provide the search and extraction capability to the Virginia Guard’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package.
Other significant unit accomplishments in calendar year 2019 include the deployment of the 1945th Contingency Contracting Team to the CENTCOM region and the return of the 529th CSSB from their CENTCOM deployment. Several 329th units directly supported external entities to include the 237th Sapper Company being an attached enabler to 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division during their JRTC rotation at Fort Polk, LA. The 1173rd Transportation Company also supported the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during their XCTC rotation at Fork Pickett, Virginia. The 1032nd Transportation Battalion supported Army Materiel Command by transporting various munitions from Oklahoma to Kentucky. The 1032nd Transportation Battalion also supported the Canadian military by transporting Canadian training equipment from Canada to Folk Pickett, VA. Additionally, the 237th Sapper Company and 229th Military Police Company participated in a 10-day test of next-generation Night Vision Goggles at Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group
Virginia Beach-based 1940th Contingency Contract Team, 329th Regional Support Group
Virginia Beach-based 1945th Contingency Contract Team, 329th Regional Support Group
Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group
Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group