Troops in Vancouver Barracks: Where are they headed?

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Vancouver Barracks is home to about 850 Army Reservists. By summer 2011, plans call for all soldiers to be out of the barracks.

Their missions include training potential soldiers through summer programs; supporting ROTC summer programs; providing drill sergeants for Army Basic Training; training prospective drill sergeants; and training medical professionals for wartime and peacetime duty. The tents you see near Fifth Street are for the medical professionals to train in a field-like environment.

Here is a quick look at who the soldiers are, and where they are headed:

104th Division Headquarters Led by Brig. Gen. Daniel York, this division headquarters totals about 111 soldiers. The division adopted the Timberwolf as its mascot in 1924. Relocating to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (formerly Fort Lewis).

• 3rd Battalion, 414th Regiment of the 104th Division, relocating to a new facility east of Orchards in the Sifton area.

• 1st Battalion, 413th Regiment of the 80th Division, from Richmond, Va. Relocating to Sifton.

• A Company, U.S. Army Reserve,

Drill Sergeant School. Relocating to Sifton.

• Northwest Detachment, 5th Brigade, 75th Division. Relocating to Sifton.

• 204th Army Band. Relocating to Sifton.

2nd Brigade, 95th Division, relocating to Sifton.

• B Company, 3rd Battalion, 354th Regiment. Relocating to Sifton.

396th Combat Support Hospital, Relocating to Sifton.

• 852nd Minimal Care Detachment of the 396th Hospital. Relocating to Sifton.

• 915th Forward Surgical Team of the 396th Hospital. Relocating to Sifton.

Washington National Guard.

• 790th Chemical Company. Relocating to Sifton.

• 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery. Relocating to Sifton.

• 19th Special Forces Group.Relocating to Sifton.

During World War I and World War II, as many as 30,000 soldiers moved in and out of the barracks. Today, there are about 65 full-time soldiers and 35 full-time civilians working in the barracks daily and as many as 400 to 500 on training weekends. From 1973 until last year, the barracks had a monthly (later quarterly) newspaper: “The Wolf Print.”