WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After seven years of inactivation, the 873rd Quartermaster Company was reactivated in a ceremony in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 15, with friends, family, and dignitaries in attendance.
The approximately 150 troops have come from different units to the 873rd with about one third being brand new soldiers, scheduled to attend Initial Entry Training before returning to the unit.
One of the ceremony planners, Spc. John G. Moore, from Daytona Beach, Fla., works full time for the unit as an Active Guard Reserve mechanic.
“I’m excited to bring everyone up to speed in Army readiness,” he said. “We have a good full-time staff, and lots of strong leadership.”
According to the 873rd’s senior enlisted soldier, 1st Sgt. Jose L. Lopez, a new Reserve center is scheduled for completion in April 2014. Right now, the 873rd QM Company and several other Army Reserve units are sharing limited space with the Army National Guard in the current building.
During the ceremony, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio addressed the crowd.
“I personally appreciate the freedom of life granted to us and the American way of life,” she said.
Muoio thanked the 873rd and noted that the legacy 9/11 left to us requires a higher level of devotion and dedication by our military.
The new unit commander, Capt. Teria Belgrave, reminded her troops to live the Army values and thanked those present for their continued support.
Also in attendance was the commander of the 332nd Transportation Battalion, Maj. Joseph Hagge, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jose A. Licea. The 873rd reports directly to the 332nd Trans. Bn.
“Victorious warriors win first, then go to war,” said Hagge.
Hagge went on to explain that Soldiers win first by establishing relationships with family, reaching proficiency with Army jobs and tasks, and developing partnerships with the local communities.
“The 873rd Quartermaster Company is a good asset to our own battalion,” said Licea. “Not only because of their skill level, but also because of the experience they have. I’m sure they’ll do a good job at peace time and at war.”
The 873rd QM Company was inactivated Sept. 15, 2006, at Miami, Fla., and will officially activate Sept. 16, 2013.