99th Regional Support Command: 14 Neat Facts

The 99th Regional Support Command has a unique and interesting history. The system has changed and developed over the years into a support command that works like a well oiled piece of machinery.

In today’s post, we are going to review 14 neat facts about the 99th Regional Support Command. Scroll down and learn about this Command, and if you have questions or comments, please post them at the end.

1: History of the 99th

The 99th started at Camp Wheeler, Georgia in 1918. At that time it was just the 99th Division. In 1921, the 99th Division was assigned to the Army Organized Reserves. In 1942, the Division became the 99th Infantry Division. They performed great service during World War II. In 1945, the 99th Infantry Division was inactivated.

In 1967, the 99th was reactivated, but not as an Infantry Division. It became the 99th U.S. Army Reserve Command or ARCOM for short. This was the start of what the 99th has become now. It is still attached to the Army Reserves, but much bigger and better.

2: Base Operations Support

The 99th Regional Support Command is the primary base operations support for all aspects of United States Army Reserves in the Northeast area. This includes Army Reserve units and soldiers in the States of:

  • New Hampshire

  • Pennsylvania

  • Connecticut

  • West Virginia

  • Maine

  • Virginia

  • Rhode Island

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • District of Columbia

  • Vermont

  • Delaware

  • New York

  • New Jersey

3: Headquarters

The 99th Regional Support Command has its Headquarters at Joint Base McGuire/Dix in Lakehurst, New Jersey.

4: Unit Insignia

The 99th Regional Support Command has recognized where it came from by maintaining the original insignia of the 99th Division. It is a black shield with 5 sides. There is a band in the center that has a “checkerboard” of white and blue squares. Many of the original soldiers were from Pennsylvania, so the black shield represents the mills of Pittsburgh. The blue and white checkerboard represents the Coat of Arms for William Pitt. Lastly, there are 9 white squares and 9 blue squares representing 99, the number of the Division.

5: Leadership

The 99th Regional Support Command has great leaders. They are:

Commanding General

Major General Margaret Boor

Major General Boor has commanded:

  • Headquarters Company, 171st Corps Support Group

  • 362nd Quartermaster Battalion

  • 642nd Area Support Group

  • 171st Area Support Group

The Major General also has many distinguished awards including:

  • Defense Superior Service Medal

  • Bronze Star Medal

  • Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Senior Parachutist Badge

Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General Greg Mosser

Brigadier General Mosser has held various commands including:

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 302nd Maintenance Battalion

  • 376th Finance Battalion

Brigadier General Mosser has these awards:

  • Bronze Star Medal

  • Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal

  • Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major James Wills

Command Sergeant Major Wills has an extensive and interesting Army history. It would take pages upon pages to list all this man’s accomplishments. You can read more about him at this link.

Command Chief Warrant Officer

Command Chief Warrant Officer Vincent Giordano

This man has a colorful history also. He fits well in this leadership position. Read more about CW5 Giordano here.

6: Subordinate Units

As I said earlier, the 99th Regional Support Command, Headquarters and Headquarters Company are located at Joint Base McGuire/Dix in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The 99th also has various subordinate units at various locations. They are:

  • 361st Public Affairs Operations Center at Fort Totten, New York

  • 318th Press Camp Headquarters at Forest Park, Illinois

  • 314th Public Affairs Operations Center at Birmingham, Alabama

  • 78th Army Band at Joint Base McGuire/Dix

  • 380th Army Band at Richmond, Virginia

  • 94th Army Band at East Windsor, Connecticut

  • 198th Army Band at Rochester, New York

  • 319th Army Band at Fort Totten, New York

7: Invasion Of Kuwait By Iraq

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the 99th ARCOM deployed 22 units to the area including Saudi Arabia, Europe and other areas to help with support.

8: Slight Change

After the Gulf War, there was a slight change. The 99th was given a more detailed mission of providing control, command and full support for all assigned units. The name was changed from 99th ARCOM to 99th Regional Support Command (RSC).

9: Operation Joint Endeavor

In 1996, when the Balkans erupted in war, the 99th RSC deployed 6 units to Bosnia. The main objective of the 99th was to provide refuge for those civilians who were escaping Kosovo while they searched for recovery in the mainland United States.

10: 9/11

On that terrible day….September 11th, 2001, the 99th mobilized a large amount of their personnel. Preparations were being made for a possible super war. During this mobilization, the 99th also moved their Headquarters to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

11: Another Change

In 2003, after the large mobilizations for war in Iraq, the emphasis for the 99th was put on training, mobilization and readiness. Their name was changed again, and they became the 99th Regional Readiness Command.

12: BRAC

In 2005, due to the Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) directive, the 99th was chosen to be inactivated. The Army believed there were too many RRCs and had to cut them down to 4 instead of 10. Would the 99th be one of the 4?

13: The New 99th

In 2008, the 99th was reactivated at their new home of Fort Dix, New Jersey. They would now be the 99th Regional Support Command and have the new mission of base operations of the 13 States in the Northeast.

14: Contacting The 99th

If you have more you would like to know, the 99th does have contact information at the Army Reserve website. Their address is 5231 South Scott Plaza Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey 08640, and phone options are:

  • General Inquiries: 609-562-7411

  • Media Inquiries: 609-562-1141

Final Thoughts

The 99th Regional Support Command has huge responsibilities to the Army Reserve in the Northeast.

We would love to hear from any of you who have been a part of the 99th. Tell us more, and if you have any questions or comments, please post them below.

To all who work in the 99th, thank you for the jobs you do holding the Northeast sector of the Army Reserves together.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)
Publisher, Part-Time-Commander.com
Email: mrchuckholmes@gmail.com

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3 thoughts on “99th Regional Support Command: 14 Neat Facts”

  1. Does anyone know what the 99th Arcom Engineer Bn was in the Ohio Valley in 1979? I served in it briefly and was in the Reserve unit in Weirton WVA. I was in Co. B and I remember one of the companies was down in Belair Ohio which I think was Co. C. I know the unit is now called the 336th Engineer Co. but can not remember the unit name it carried back then.

  2. I served in the 339th gen Hosp. of the 99th ARCOM from 1966 to 1972 and consider these some of my better lifetime memories. At the time of my service, my next door neighbor recognized the insignia and related his service in the 99th infantry division during WWII. Each time he saw my uniform he would pause, reflect, smile and flex his chest muscles with pride in service. I agree with him, it was an honor to serve with the 99th and to this day I still have many great friends who served with me.

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