165th Infantry Brigade provides Command and Control (C2), coordinates for and resources, and sets the conditions for Combat Training Battalions to conduct Basic Combat Training to produce Warriors who are trained to standard.
Dear Family Members:
Welcome to Fort Jackson and the 165th Infantry Brigade. We are preparing to have a very challenging year throughout the brigade and look forward to your arrival. Our mission is to provide motivated, disciplined, and physically fit Soldiers trained in the basic skills and imbued with an ethically grounded warrior ethos to fight and win. As a Soldier, you are responsible for leading by example and maintaining the standard.
The 165th Infantry Brigade consists of four Basic Combat Training (BCT) battalions. They are 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment. The Brigade also maintains a Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company. The Brigade’s permanent party strength averages approximately 650 Soldiers and we normally maintain nearly 5,000 new volunteers at any one time. All of Fort Jackson’s support activities (hospital, commissary, recreation activities, child care facilities, etc.), are more than adequate and closely located. There are three schools on post for grades 1-6, all others are transported off post. The Columbia area is rich with tradition, warm hospitality and fun activities. The University of South Carolina’s main campus is just minutes away, with the College of Medical Nursing just ten minutes away. Additionally, there is a community college and several other small schools. I sincerely wish you a safe journey and again, welcome to Fort Jackson. I am confident you will find your assignment here both a rewarding and challenging one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
“Transforming Great Americans into Soldier-Warriors”
Bryan P. Hernandez
Colonel Bryan P. Hernandez is a native of Los Angeles, California and a 1989 graduate of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama and a 1991 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. COL Hernandez recently served as the Director of Plans, G5, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg , North Carolina and as the Coalition-Joint Director of Plans, CJ5 for CJTF-1 (1st Cavalry Division), Regional Command-East in Afghanistan. COL Hernandez previously served as the Commander, 3rd Battalion-34th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. COL Hernandez has served in command and leadership positions in light infantry and airborne units, including Battalion S-3 and XO, 1st Battalion, 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion A/S-3, S-4, A.CO & HHC Company Commander, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, and Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Company XO, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (L) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. COL Hernandez has deployed in support of combat and peacekeeping operations in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation Joint Endeavor- Bosnia. In addition to his command assignments and operational deployments, COL Hernandez also served as the Secretary, Joint Staff and Chief of Operational Plans at US Southern Command in Miami, Florida; Corps War Planner, G5, XVIII Airborne Corps; and as a Foreign Area Officer in Brazil. COL Bryan Hernandez is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, Georgia; the Brazilian Command and General Staff College in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the United States Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he earned a Master of Military Arts and Science Degree; and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he earned a Masters of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. He is a Combat Infantryman and Master Parachutist, and fluent in both Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish.
CSM Hickey is a native of Syracuse, New York and entered the United States Army as an Infantryman on 01 August 1984. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia and then was assigned to the 8th Infantry, Baumholder Germay.
CSM Hickey has served in the following leadership positions: Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Battalion and Brigade Command Sergeant Major. He has also served as the Structured Self Development 1 (SSD 1 Project SGM. His last Assignment was as the Brigade Senior Enlisted Observer in Europe. During his career he served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CSM Hickey’s assignments include C Co 1-13 Infantry, Baumholder, Germany; 3-19 Infantry, Fort Stewart, GA; 1-36 Infantry, Friedberg, Germany; 4-12 Infantry, Baumholder, Germany; D Co 3-7 Infantry, Fort Stewart, GA; CMTC, Hohenfels, Germany; C Co and A Co 1-26 Infantry, Schwienfurt, Germany Sadr City and Bagdad IZ; USASMA class 58, Fort Bliss, TX; 2-29 Infantry, Fort Benning, GA, JMRC, Hohenfels, Germany.
CSM Hickey has attended military courses that include all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System; other courses include Bradley Master Gunner School, Battle Staff Course, He holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Aspects of Leadership from UTEP..
CSM Hickey’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal (2nd OLC), Purple Heart (2nd OLC) Meritorious Service Medal (Silver OLC), Army Commendation Medal with V Device (5th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (Silver OLC), Presidential Unit Citation Award; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award (1 OLC); Army Superior Unit Award; Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd Award); Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon (7th Award) , Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and is the recipient of the Order of St. Maurice Medallions (Legionnaire and Centurion).