FORT BENNING, GA - The 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment will be inactivated at 10 a.m. March 23 on Stillwell Field.
The battalion will be inactivated because the Department of the Army has cancelled Basic Officer Leader Course II to support the growth of the operating force with capable, confident officers and noncommissioned officers "ready to go back to the fight."
The 1st Battalion had about 220 personnel assigned to five companies, training 4,800 students annually. During the time BOLC II was active, approximately 15,200 newly commissioned second lieutenants attended the course.
BOLC II was implemented in June 2006 to instill in new lieutenants a common core competency before they headed to their branch specific officer basic courses. They will now go straight from their commissioning source to their branch training where they will receive some of the training that BOLC II used to teach.
Although the 1st Bn., 11th Infantry Regiment has been assigned at the U.S. Army Infantry School since 1987 – at various times responsible for the 283rd Army Band, the Infantry Captains Career Course, the International Student Detachment and the Fort Benning Replacement Company – it was first formed in July 1798.
The 1st Battalion fought in the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War II and Vietnam. It has cased its colors and been reactivated five times since it was formed and could be reactivated again, said its commander, Lt. Col. David Bottcher.
Two of the 11th Regiment's modern leaders became generals – retired Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski and Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, current Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning commanding general. Wojdakowski was commanding general of the U.S. Army Infantry School and Fort Benning from 2005 to 2008.
Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs