83rd Troop Command
The 83rd Troop Command is the most diverse Major Command in the Florida Army National Guard, currently authorized 2,000 soldiers. The headquarters , located in Tallahassee, Florida, provides command control over designated units within Florida ranging from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale.
The mission during peacetime is to exercise command and control over assigned units; prepare those units for their federal missions with emphasis on manning, training and equipping IAW DAMPL and MLR priorities; assist units during mobilizations and deployments. During wartime - be prepared to form and to assume the duties of a new FORSCOM logistical brigade or group headquarters.
Headquarters Detachment 1, 83rd Troop Command, Florida Army National Guard is a Command and Control Headquarters organized 1 October 1978. The headquarters was relocated to NAS Cecil Field 21 November 1994. The Command has approximately 2,000 troops in 21 units located throughout Florida, from Jacksonville, south to Ft. Lauderdale, west to Tampa, and north to Quincy.
The command's mission is to provide training, logistics, and administrative oversight to subordinate units and to assure all assigned units are prepared to deploy in support of federal and state missions. The headquarters is also responsible for providing support to civil authorities during minor, major or catastrophic disasters/emergencies in the North Florida area.
As of 1996 subordinate units included one Quartermaster Supply Company, and a Services and Classification Company; the 202nd Medical Group with five subordinate medical units and a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital; the 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group with four line companies and a support company; and the 153rd Finance Battalion with three separate finance units. The 927th Corps Support Battalion with two General/Direct Support Maintenance Companies, formerly assigned to the 83rd Troop Command as of 1996, was apparently subsquently re-assigned to the 50th Area Support Group.
During DESERT SHIELD/STORM eight units including the entire Special Forces Battalion were activated, two units were deployed into theater while the other units were assigned CONUS support missions within the United States. The command and many of its subordinate units have participated in many diverse state missions (Hurricane Andrew relief efforts, Summit of The Americas and West Florida flooding resulting from Tropical Storm Alberto) disasters, counter-drug operations, and refugee support.
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