The first groups of the Virginia National Guard’s 329th Regional Support Group, based in Virginia Beach, returned to Virginia on June 17, 2022, after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve at multiple locations from October 7, 2021 through June 6, 2022. The 329th’s mission was to provide mission command and base life support to four geographically dispersed locations within the OIR area of operation: Al Asad Air Base, Erbil Air Base and the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
“There are a lot of stats associated with this mission like thousands of soldiers supported, tons of supplies and equipment moved, millions of dollars worth of projects executed, number of combat action badges or awards earned, but the number I’m proudest of is actually zero,” said Colonel Todd Pegg, 329th RSG Commander. focus and increased efforts on improving base defenses and strengthening force protection measures. Beyond the safety of our own people, the lasting improvements made by the Jamestown team will serve countless U.S. and coalition troops well into the future.”
The 329th RSG Command Team was stationed at Al Asad Air Base and provided base command and base operational support integration operations. BOS-I is the cell that coordinates and secures all base life support functions and land use, including food, water, fuel, military and office supplies, new construction, equipment and personnel movements. The command team was transferred to Camp Arifjan from November 23, 2021 to June 6, 2022, by order of CJTF-OIR while continuing to provide BOS-I support to Al Asad Air Base.
The unit’s mission at Erbil Air Base was to support the installation commander by providing BOS-I operations.
The unit’s mission at Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center was to provide a commander’s cell that provided BOS-I operations to military entities when set up.
The unit’s mission at Camp Arifjan was to provide a command cell that provided support to the staff of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. Additionally, the 329th RSG contributed a soldier to the CJTF-OIR to serve as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
Collectively, the missions of the 329th RSG included commanding assigned or attached units, supporting units and personnel as directed, defining and overseeing contractual requirements, determining base camp support requirements, supporting a 24/7 base defense operations center and oversight of base camp management and operations.
“The 329th RSG excelled in this complex, non-doctrinal mission,” Pegg said. “From numerous indirect fire and unmanned aerial system attacks on bases in Iraq, to the complexities associated with operating in the inter-agency environment of the Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad, and multi-functional support to CJTF-OIR personnel in Camp Arifjan, the 329th RSG provided exceptional leadership, achieving immeasurable results for the bases he led and supported.
Collectively, the 329th RSG responded expertly to multiple indirect fire and unmanned aerial system attacks, Pegg said. The 329th RSG staff focused on integrating all key entities from attack initiation through post-attack recovery.
“Leadership and strong process improvement capabilities were critical to responding quickly to these attacks,” he said. “The responsibility of personnel after the attack was a top priority of the command.”
Pegg said that through communication with tenants, strong relationships and diligent staff work, Al Asad Air Base, Erbil Air Base and Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center have all been in able to improve the staff accountability process by bringing together 100% accountability still within the Combined Joint Operational Area standard. .
“The rapid debrief allowed base commanders to focus on assessing battle damage and initiating repair plans based on the assessment,” he said.
Additionally, Al Asad Air Base Logistics Section played a vital role in recovering and salvaging an improvised multiple rocket launcher system for further exploitation and processing and multiple impact points on installation, Pegg said.
The 329th RSG began the mission amid a global pandemic revolving around COVID-19.
“The strong leadership and capabilities to address issues related to COVID-19 while simultaneously maintaining all other ongoing operations at 329th RSG sites within the CJTF-OIR area of responsibility has paved the way for significant progress in improving the quality of life and mission effectiveness of units at all locations,” Pegg said.
He said that through a team effort from the 329th RSG, medical professionals and unit leaders, the average vaccination rate across the four sites was over 99%, enabling base commanders to lift restrictions on masks, opening restaurants and opening more services on bases while simultaneously tackling periodic outbreaks of virus variants.
The Camp Arifjan command cell served as the headquarters and headquarters battalion of the CJTF-OIR, providing administrative, operational, logistical, and communications support to CJTF-OIR personnel and coalition forces.
This support included administration, mail, system access requests, badges, provision of NATO briefings, base access memos, security check memos, mail orders, leave – handover, management of flights and ground movements for theater entry and departure, communications help desk support, maintaining responsibility for the equipment of a property of a $17 million worth, management of base non-tactical vehicles and support for additional NTV requests through the Regional Support Group – Kuwait, managed base housing, contractor escorts and new project requests .
Camp Arifjan Commander’s Cell successfully supported relief planning and execution in place of Task Force III, and they also executed Base Camp Management Cell BOS-I weekly sync, with the 329th Commander serving as chairman for the weekly syncs.
Finally, with the transfer of the 329th Commander to Camp Arifjan, the Commander’s Cell served as the headquarters of the RSG, directing the operations of subordinate detachments at Al Asad Air Base, Erbil Air Base and Central diplomatic support from Baghdad.
The Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center commander’s cell served as the direct liaison between the State Department and the CJTF-OIR. They were responsible for the accountability of all Department of Defense operations and personnel, including DoD military and civilians as well as coalition forces.
The commander’s cell was the direct line of communication between the DoS leadership of the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, the Regional Security Office, and the CJTF. As the CJTF’s representative for all matters involving CJTF personnel, equipment, and logistics, the Commander’s Cell facilitated the action of all DoD requests on the installation.
“The Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center team significantly enhanced mission command by establishing a tactical operations center environment within the commander’s cell to receive, corroborate and disseminate mission-critical information to the DoS Sully Operations Center and all DoD and coalition force partners,” Pegg said.
They also worked extensively with the DoS Financial Management Office, Facilities and Contracts to oversee contracts within the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center totaling over $113 million.
The Commander’s cell managed, coordinated and facilitated the Force Protection enhancements of the only Role 3 Hospital in Iraq or Syria and the Force Protection enhancements of the Medical Evacuation Aviation TOC and dormitories for the flight crew on duty.
About the 329th Regional Support Group:
This was the first deployment of the 329th Regional Support Group headquarters, but the unit bears the lineage of the 54th Field Artillery Brigade. Soldiers assigned to the 54th served on federal active duty as the liaison team for military activities in Afghanistan from February 2004 to August 2005.
Four 10-soldier Military Logistics Advisory Teams from the 329th served on federal active duty from March 2009 to April 2010 where they served as mentors, coaches, and advisors to the Iraqi Army with professional advice on various related matters to logistics in an effort to help Iraqi forces improve their ability to operate independently.
Constituted on July 18, 1917 in the Virginia Army National Guard as the headquarters of the 54th Field Artillery Brigade and assigned to the 29th Division, the unit was converted and reorganized on September 1, 2008 as the headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 329th Regional Support Group. The RSG consists of the 276th Engineer Battalion, the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 1030th Transportation Battalion.
Today, the unit deploys to provide support to contingency and expeditionary base operations, with responsibilities for facilities management, providing administrative and logistical support to soldier services, and ensuring the security of personnel and facilities at a base camp. The RSG provides mission command of assigned units during homeland security, homeland defense, and civil support missions within the United States, including managing reception, staging, advancing, and integration of support forces.