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119th Corps Support Battalion

The 119th Corps Support Battalion was relocated in 2003 to the Hammonton Armory to better meet both its federal and state missions. The 119th Corps Support Battalion previously had its headquarters in Lawrenceville, Mercer County, New Jersey.

The Battalion provides command and control over the 253rd Transportation Company in Cape May Court House; Company B, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation in Picatinny Arsenal; and the 1159th Medical Evacuation Detachment in West Trenton.

In 1997, the 119th Support Battalion (CORPS) provided command and control for operation REEFEX which is an environmental initiative that uses obsolete military vehicles to build artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey. The 119th also participated with units in support of operations "Patriot Medstar" at Fort Devens, Massachusetts; "Roving Sands" at Fort Bliss, Texas and the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The 119th also supported the deactivation of both the 194th Dental Detachment and the 328th Transportation Detachment. The 253rd Transportation Company won the Newman Award for Excellence in Food Service and was the 1st Army nominee for competition for the Connelly Award in Food Service. They also were the winners of the New Jersey Army National Guard Supply Excellence Award for 1997. Detachment 1, 1159th Aeromedical Evacuation provided medivac support to the Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. They provided medical life support and flew 11 emergency medical evacuation missions with 12 patients and 11 patient air transports of 16 patients.

In 1998, the 119th CSB participated in a Theater Opening Force Module (TOFM) at the NTC from 28 January to 15 February. The exercise was significant in that it was the first time that a "pure" National Guard task organization performed the mission. The Battalion regenerated 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during week one, and performed Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (RSO&I) for the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division during week two. The TOFM consisted of the 30th Corps Support Group from North Carolina, the 119th CSB from New Jersey, and the 158th CSB. The CSS force structure was determined by the NTC and based upon mission requirements.

The 253rd Transportation Company also supported a rotation at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin in support of the 119th. The unit provided 34 soldiers and 16 five-ton vehicles for the coastal storm during the NTC rotation period. The unit had vehicles and soldiers on both coasts of the United States performing missions simultaneously.

In 1999, the 253rd Transportation Company supported the REEFEX program, participated in the National Winston P. Wilson Rifle Match, assisted in the Honduras relief mission, earned all "Gos" in all evaluated tasks during annual training, transported equipment from New York to New Jersey for the State Maintenance Office, supported the Kosovo refugee operation supported the Honduras Relief mission, assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in retrieving a 30- ton whale from the Atlantic Ocean, and supported the Cape May County Disability Program and Association of Retarded Citizens

In 1999, Company F, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation passed ARMS inspection, received and trained on the new M35A3 2 ton trucks, and completed a successful, impromptu annual training with the battalion after all the UH-1 aircraft were grounded worldwide.

Fort Drum is located 20 miles south of the Canadian border in upstate New York. Most New Jersey Army National Guardsmen will spend their entire annual training at Drum. The New Jersey National Guard flexed its combat muscles at Fort Drum for almost all of August 2000. In the second half of the month, the 119th Corps Support Battalion, the 250th Signal Battalion and the 204th Air Weather Flight, New Jersey Air National Guard, supported the joint readiness exercise "Empire Peak." All combined, it was the largest single deployment of New Jersey soldiers and airmen to Fort Drum since the retirement of the 50th Armored Division in 1991.

For the 119th CSB, the 250th Signal Battalion and the 204th Air Weather Flight, AT was a close simulation to wartime deployment. Operation "Empire Peak" started in a staging area in Rome, New York, more than fifty miles from Fort Drum. Supporting units were required to provide logistics and com- munications to a brigade more than an hour away. Once pre-deployment activities were completed in Rome, the 27th Infantry Brigade and its supporting task force moved tactically, at night over civilian roads to Fort Drum. The troop movement took almost sixteen hours because of the large numbers of vehicles and personnel to be moved. Once at Fort Drum, the entire field area was irsealedlg and all units and personnel were considered targets for the opposing forces. The remainder of their AT was spent in the field under tactical conditions, under constant threat of infiltration and attack. The 250th provided communications to five scattered sites while conducting tactical training; the 119th CSB supported maneuver operations and supervised supply functions.

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