Remembering the 85th Support Command’s history
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Daniel Jaquint, Chief of Staff, 85th Support Command, and An-thony Taylor, right, Public Affairs Specialist, 85th Support Command, receive a tour of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, June 5, 2017. During the tour, the group stopped in front of a uniform worn by Maj. Gen. (retired) William Levine. Levine was appointed Commanding General of the 85th Division (Training) in the late 1960’s. During Levine’s time commanding, the 85th Division (Training) included four brigades that had four battalions made primarily up of drill sergeants and instructors responsible for basic active-duty training. The 85th Support Command since then has shifted its role from basic training to training Soldiers ahead of mobilizations and deployments and supporting administrative requirements to those trainers that ensure Soldiers are certified and ready. Jaquint and Taylor were at Pritzker to discuss the com-mand’s centennial history. The 85th Support Command’s lineage began as the 85th Infantry Di-vision at Camp Custer, Michigan, where the division was nicknamed the “Custer Division,” on Aug. 5, 1917. The Division was deactivated in 1945 following World War II, then later reacti-vated in Chicago on February 19, 1947 in the U.S. Army Reserve as a training division. The 85th Spt. Cmd. is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Berogan/Released)