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3rd Personnel Group

The 3rd Personnel Group was inactivated during a ceremony on 9 July 2003. All of the 3rd Personnel Group's remaining units were to be assigned to other commands at Fort Hood, Texas, and would continue to provide services directly to those organizations.

The 3rd Personnel Group provided command and control of all personnel service support units at Fort Hood and other III Corps installations. The 3rd Personnel Group provided an efficient and effective power projection platform, training, mobilization, deployment and sustainment support, to produce the world's best trained and most lethal war-fighters in a caring, safe, and secure environment. The peacetime mission of the 3rd Personnel Group was to provide personnel service support to III Corps soldiers and units.

The Group Commander also serveD as the III Corps adjutant general. III Corps and Fort Hood Adjutant General Enlisted strength management was responsible for managing all enlisted assignments for all Fort Hood major subordinate commands, which included operational deletions and deferments, high school senior stabilization (family member) and First Sergeant stabilizations.

Personnelists (CMF 71) required a variety of assignments and levels of responsibility to fully develop technical and leadership skills. Soldiers were rotated and given an opportunity to perform at various levels of the organization. Soldiers' tours within the 3rd Personnel Group at the installation level, to include the Military Personnel Division, Personnel Operations Division, and subordinate branches were limited. Junior enlisted soldiers, skill level 10, were limited to 12 months. Noncommissioned officers, skill level 20 and above, were limited to 18 months. Within the 3rd Personnel Group, replacements for soldiers above battalion level came from the 15th, 502nd, and 546th Personnel Services Battalions and, when possible, organizations outside of the 3rd Personnel Group. All incoming soldiers to the 3rd Personnel Group were assigned at battalion level, consistent with the needs of the battalions.

The 3rd Personnel Group was originally constituted and assigned to the Regular Army on 1 July 1940 as the 3rd Replacement Depot. It was subsequently activated on 25 March 1942 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The 3rd Replacement Depot rendered honorable service in support of Allied Forces during World War II, participating in 5 campaigns and in the European Theater: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. The 3rd Replacement Depot was inactivated on 1 May 1947 in Germany.

The unit was redesignated as the 3rd Personnel Group, it was activated at Fort Hood, Texas on 16 September 1990. Immediately after its activation, 3 of its subordinate companies, the 15th, 502nd, and the 546th Personnel Services Companies were deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Storm. Shortly thereafter, the Group Headquarters and the 21st Replacement Detachment deployed in December 1990. While deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the Group provided theater level replacements, postal and personnel service support operations throughout the theater of operations, and command and control of 3 battalions, 4 replacement companies, 4 postal companies, and 3 personnel service companies. The Group was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service during this deployment. The Group completed its redeployment from Southwest Asia in June 1991.

From June to August 1993, the Group provisionally activated 3 of the first 5 Personnel Service Battalions in the US Army, the 15th, 502nd, and 546th Personnel Service Battalions. In October 1994 and in January 1995, the Group added respectively the 4th Personnel Services Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado and the 1st Personnel Services Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas. In October 1995, the Group activated the 151st Postal Company at Fort Hood, Texas.




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