254th Regiment (Combat Arms)
The 254th Regiment (CA) provides a training environment to conduct Combat Arms training. The 254th Regiment is accredited by TRADOC and instructs TRADOC-approved programs of instruction under the direction of the proponent school.
The mission of the 254th Regiment is to provide training in armor, armor scout and mechanized infantry, and field artillery crewman skill areas. The unit provides Combat Arms (19K, 19D, 11H, 13E, 13F) Military Occupation Skill Qualifier, Additional Skill Indicator, Non Commissioned Officer Basic and Advanced, OCS, CO, XO, Sustainment, and Transition Training for all AC/RC soldiers, which enables Armed Forces components to mobilize and deploy units capable of meeting wartime mission requirements on current and force modernization equipment systems.
The 254th Regiment is the coordinating Headquarters for Region A, which consists of units located in the following states: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Regional Training Institute (RTI) consists of: the Headquarters 254th Regiment (CA), 1st Battalion (Armor), 2nd Battalion (General Support), Company A (Combat Arms), Company B (Ordnance and Regional Training Site located at Fort Dix), Company C (Officer Candidate School), and Company D (Leadership).
The 254th Regiment is located in the seaside resort of Sea Girt, New Jersey, and is a demand-supported organization designed to support the user. The courses scheduled for Fiscal Year 1998 are based on the results of the Training Resources Allocation Program, (TRAP) and requests from supported units. Requirements in excess of those listed should be brought to the attention of the Commander 254th Regiment (CA).
The 254th Regiment experienced a very successful training year during 1999. As The Army School System (TASS) Headquarters for the Northeast Region the Regiment graduated 405 students in various combat arms MOSs as well as leadership courses such as Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC) and Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) for New Jersey Guardmembers. The Regiment assisted the Massachusetts Field Artillery Battalion (1-101st FA [T]), which is part of the 254th, in receiving accreditation by the Fort Sill Artillery School as a TASS School. Additionally, the New Jersey Non-commissioned Officer Education Schools (NCOES) Company received accreditation, with no deficiencies, during the audit of their program by the Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX. The Regimental Armor Battalion (1-254th AR) negotiated with the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineer Station (NAES) for the use of a dirigible hangar for the conduct of the two week phase of the 19K Armor Crewman MOSQ School. Nineteen tanks were positioned on the hangar floor with all support equipment, affording the students a sheltered training environment. This innovative idea proved its worth when Hurricane Floyd struck in the middle of the first week. Training proceeded without interruption with no training time lost. More training is planned using the hangar during Training Year 2000.
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