The purpose of the change was due to a restructuring of all Army heavy brigade combat teams, which will take place incrementally.
Soldiers of the battalion, as well as numerous family and friends, attended the ceremony. Presiding over the ceremony was the commander of the 278th ACR, Col. Warner Holt and battalion commander Lt. Col. Paige Yates.
“If there is one thing that is constant, it is change,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, as he spoke to the battalion.
Haston said the unit has been re-designated a number of times in the past years, going from a military police battalion to special troops battalion and now an engineer battalion.
In his remarks to the battalion, Yates used metaphors to describe the historic day.
“The symbol of this squadron is the Phoenix. This is a fitting representation of this unit. This mythical creature regenerates itself. This squadron has done the same, it has changed and reorganized and out of the old has come the new. As the Regimental Engineer Battalion, we add the engineer branch to our legacy,” Yates said.
The new battalion consists of a headquarters company, two combat engineer companies, a signal company and a military intelligence company. The mission of the combat engineer companies is to increase the effectiveness of the 278th by providing mobility, counter-mobility and limited survivability to the 278th’s overall mission. The mission of the new signal company is to provide 24-hour command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance signal system network to the regiment. The new mission of the military intelligence company is to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to the regiment.