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JBLM: 9th Infantry would be a better fit

Letter by Christopher F. Long, Steilacoom on April 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm with 5 Comments »
April 30, 2012 2:21 pm

It was great news to read (TNT, 4-27) that a division headquarters will once again be assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Veterans of the 7th Infantry Division should be pleased.

However, I think a better fit for JBLM would have been the 9th Infantry Division. The 9th ID shares 20 years of history with Fort Lewis and was the senior unit on post prior to the reactivation of I Corps.

Further, in the 1980s, the division – serving as the Army’s High Technology Test Bed and evolving into the Army’s only motorized infantry division – laid the foundation for the Stryker brigades which are the centerpiece of the Army’s force structure at JBLM today.

All of us Old Reliables would have been proud to see the 9th Infantry Division’s colors come home once again.

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  1. RLangdon says:

    I agree with Chris. I’d like to see the Octofoil on the sleeves of Ft. Lewis soldiers once again. I was part of the 9th Division back in the 70’s. That’s a proud unit to be part of!

  2. I’ll second that. I also was with the 9th in the seventies and retired there in 1977. The 9th has a proud history ,not taking anything away from the 7th which also has a great history, but the 9th was here while the 7th was in California.

  3. I just remembered the other nickname for the 9th Infantry Division: The Rolling Donut!

  4. frosty, I was in HHC DISCOM, 9th DDC, before we were re-designated as a TRADOC org. What was your unit?

  5. frosty says:

    RLangdon, I was in the 2/1st Infantry. Norman Swartzkopf was our brigade commander when I got here from Korea.

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