Rapid City to lose one but gain two new SDARNG units

Job growth expected by 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Army National Guard is doing some shuffling around the state to make the organization more efficient.

SDNG announced Monday that three units are deactivating, three more units are activating and six more units will be relocating.

The deactivating units include:

  • 139th Brigade Support Battalion based in Brookings
  • Company A, 139th BSB in Watertown
  • Company B, 139th BSB in Mitchell

Activating units:

  • 109th Engineer Battalion based in Rapid City
  • Forward Support Company based in Rapid City
  • 665th Surface Maintenance Company in Mitchell

Relocating units:

  • 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from Pierre to Brookings
  • 115th Signal Company from Brookings to Sioux Falls
  • 155th Engineer Company from Rapid City to Wagner
  • Detachment 1, 155th Engineer Company from Wagner to Parkston
  • Detachment 1, 153rd Forward Support Company from Parkston to Huron
  • Detachment 1, 211th Engineer Company from De Smet to Madison

The rearranging looks to have an overall positive effect on jobs across the state.

“We’re actually going to grow by about 85 positions for the state,” said Maj. Anthony Deiss with South Dakota National Guard Public Affairs. “That’s great for our organization. It’s going to generate about 85 new positions that will allow more opportunities for people to serve.”

But what do the changes mean for Rapid City?

While Rapid City is losing the 155th Engineer company to Wager, two units are coming to town that will bring 160 positions to Rapid City.

“We’ve got to look at our organization as a whole and where can we reposition some of this new force structure to replace that,” said Deiss, “and what units would naturally fall under that to create the command and control, administrative, logistics, support that they need month-to-month-to-month to maintain readiness.”

Another factor taken into consideration was the ability to recruit to bring and keep jobs in Rapid City.

“A thorough statewide analysis was done to really look at all these little factors that are going to maximize our resources, facilities and training value,” said Deiss. “We see our presence in the Rapid City and Black Hills community being strong for the next 150 years.”

Deiss says the reorganization is not uncommon. “The last major one we went through was about 10 years ago when we deactivated some units then and stood up new units as well. We close some armories. It’s just part of the business of what we do.”

These announced changes are expected to be complete by 2020.

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