SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii , Jan. 17, 2006 – The New Year brings yet another change to the Tropic Lightning Division – the elimination of the designation "Light" from the 25th Infantry Division's name.
This change is but the latest of many impacting the 25th Infantry Division as part of the Army's overall transformation efforts that, when complete, will result in an Army modular force that involves the total redesign of the operational Army into a larger, more powerful, flexible and rapidly deployable force.
"We are in the midst of rebuilding our existing brigades that returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan into modular brigades -- smaller, more independent and powerful units able to plug into theater-level logistics anywhere around the world," said Maj. Gen Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, 25th Infantry Division. "In addition, we are continuing our efforts to transform the 2nd Brigade to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team."
"When completed, our historic division will scarcely resemble the force that returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005," Mixon added.
Creating an Army modular force is the Army's major force transformation initiative. The Army is restructuring from a division-based to a brigade-based force, consisting of self-sufficient, brigade-based modules that will greatly improve strategic responsiveness.
Brigade combat teams, the center of the redesign, are stand-alone, self-sufficient and standardized tactical units that consist of between 3,500 and 4,000 soldiers, organized the way they fight.
The headquarters of the 25th Infantry Division and the 3rd Brigade will complete transformation to the restructured, modular design prior to deployment later this year.
Modular supporting brigades will provide aviation, fires, logistics and other support to the brigade combat teams, and they will create greater operational autonomy and enhance joint, interagency and multinational operations.