Fort Hood: Brigade Combat Team Inactivated

The 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team was inactivated during a ceremony Thursday at Fort Hood.

(Photo by Nick Delgado)

FORT HOOD (October 17, 2013)—The 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, which played an important role in training the Afghan security forces, was inactivated during a ceremony Thursday at Fort Hood.

The unit was activated in October 2005 at Fort Bliss in El Paso and since then the brigade’s troops have been on four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The brigade returned from Afghanistan in August 2013.

Hundreds gathered to witness the casing of the colors that symbolized the end of an era for the Brigade.

Col. William Benson, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, said his team has accomplished their mission and will continue to serve the best they can in other units.

"This is kind of a normal part of what the Army does," he said.

"The Army is always responding to the needs of the nation, the needs of the American people, the needs of the government and since I came into the Army we've gone through several transformations and changes to task organizations."

The Brigade also played an active role in the surrounding community helping area schools.

The inactivation is part of the Army's ongoing transformation process.

The brigade’s 3,000 soldiers will be filtered out to other military units.

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