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5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

By 2006, the decision had been made not to make the Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Knox, Kentucky an element of the 25th Infantry Division. In October 2009, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division was relocated from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Knox Kentucky, where it was reactivated following its return from Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. No further plans were made at that time to follow through with the original plan and activate 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

As of 2004, the Army was in the process of adding 10 Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) to its inventory in the next 2 years. One of these was planned to be the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. It was to be temporarily stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. The BCT was expected to consist of approximately 3,400 Soldiers and to arrive at Fort Benning, Georgia by fall 2005. Temporary facilities, consisting of austere, modular, and/or relocatable buildings, along with supporting utilities and infrastructure, would be put in place to support the BCT. The 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division was to remain temporarily stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia until a permanent stationing decision was made.

At the same time, in addition to the transition to modularity, the Army had been authorized to add 30,000 soldiers to its ranks over the next 3 years. Of these 30,000 Soldiers, 23,000 would be infantry and would likely train at Fort Benning, Georgia. On 23 July 2004, the Department of the Army announced that one of the 10 BCTs to be added to the Army inventory in the next 2 years would be stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia until a permanent stationing decision was made. The BCT consisted of approximately 3,400 infantry Soldiers who were expected to form the 5th Brigade Combat Team of the Hawaii-based 25th Infantry Division. The 5/25th Infantry Division would be a new brigade formed through global repositioning in which Soldiers from various locations throughout the world would stand down from their units and come together.

By the end of 2005, there could be up to 12,000 more soldiers and family members permanently assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia. Some of the troops were to be attached to the new 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The post was slated to add about 3,800 soldiers from the 5/25th Infantry Division and 1,700 to support additional training responsibilities. The Army's Residential Communities Initiative program was based on pre-5th Brigade numbers. Housing would need to be provided for those troops as well, many of whom will be serving there in 7-year increments. The FY05 Defense Authorization bill lifted funding limitations at Fort Benning, Georgia that would allow the military to partner with the private sector to build the new housing. This would help house about 1,600 soldiers and their families of the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division if they became a permanent fixture at Fort Benning, Georgia after 2006. The Brigade was expected to move temporarily on post during fall 2005.

The anticipated arrival of the 25th Infantry Division's new 5th Brigade Combat Team was cancelled. In May 2005 the Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations called for the Brigade to go elsewhere. The BRAC Commission called for the realignment of Fort Knox, Kentucky, by relocating the Armor Center and School to Fort Benning, Georgia, to accommodate the activation of an Infantry Brigade Combat Team (BCT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This recommendation supported the Army's operational unit stationing and training requirements by using available facilities, ranges, training land at Fort Knox, Kentucky (those vacated by the Armor Center and School) to effectively and efficiently relocate various Combat Support and Combat Service Support units returning from overseas, and as the installation platform for the activation of a new Infantry BCT. These units were a combination of the relocation of Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy (IGPBS)-related units returning from overseas and the activation of units as part of the Army's modular force transformation. The 2nd battalion of 5th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division was slated to be activated in the fourth quarter of 2006.




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