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Jerry Witowski
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I was with HHC 1st IDF from 80 to 83.  The grunt unit was the 1/26th Blue Spaders when I left in 7/83.  When did it change to the 4/16th.  Was the 1/26th deactivated?
Just curious.

jim manley
 #2 

I reported to the planet in Jan 82 to HHC1/26,I remember the change to 4/16 as being somewhere late Feb of 83.

Unregistered
 #3 
The 1/26th designation was retired and the Battalion redesignated 4/16 INF in a ceremony on Hope Field a few weeks after returning from Battalion ARTEPs at Hohenfels in mid-March 1983.  LTC "Atomic" Joe Arnold was still in command at the time.  The redesignation was part of the Army's move toward the "Regimental" system resulting in all Infantry Battalions in the 1st Division being redesignated as a battalion in the 16th Infantry Regiment.  The Army's decision to use the 16th Infantry was based on lineage - the 16th was considered to be the oldest regiment in the Division.  I was with the "Cohort" Company (B Co, 2/16th ) that arrived from FT Riley in February 1983 and became "A" Company in the Battalion.
 
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 #4 
The 1/26th designation was retired and the Battalion redesignated 4/16 INF in a ceremony on Hope Field a few weeks after returning from Battalion ARTEPs at Hohenfels in mid-March 1983.  LTC "Atomic" Joe Arnold was still in command at the time.  The redesignation was part of the Army's move toward the "Regimental" system resulting in all Infantry Battalions in the 1st Division being redesignated as a battalion in the 16th Infantry Regiment.  The Army's decision to use the 16th Infantry was based on lineage - the 16th was considered to be the oldest regiment in the Division.  I was with the "Cohort" Company (B Co, 2/16th ) that arrived from FT Riley in February 1983 and became "A" Company in the Battalion.
 
schrockd
 #5 
Yes, the 1/26th designation was inactivated in mid-April 1983 and redesignated 4/16 in a ceremony held on Hope Field shortly after returning from Battalion ARTEPs at Hohenfels.  LTC "Atomic" Joe Arnold was still Battalion Commander (soon to be replaced by LTC George Basso).  This was all part of the Army's effort to implement the Regimental System.  All Infantry Battalions within the 1st Division were redesignated as being part of the 16th Infantry.  The 16th was chosen among all the regiments available within the Division(16th, 18th, 26th, 28th) as being the "oldest" and having the most honors.

I was with the COHORT Company (B Co, 2/16th) that came over from FT Riley in FEB 1983 and became "A" Company and was part of the change-over ceremony.  Many of the "Spaders" were very unhappy with the retirement of the 26th.

I understand that the 18th, 26th, and 28th have re-activated in recent years, though the 1/26th is no longer with the 1st Division and is now located at FT Hood or FT Bliss, TX.
stinger80
 #6 

I was in CSC 1/26 when it was redesignated as the 4/16th in Feb of 83. I left the Planet in early April of 83. When I left I was wearing the Blue Spader crest, I had been a spader for almost 3 years and I wanted to leave as a Spader. 

Vergil l. Powell
 #7 
Stinger platoon july83 under Sgt humbarger ,Sgt pickar
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