"Ready for Battle"
Mission: The 188th Infantry Brigade advises, assists and trains Reserve and National Guard Component units in First Army's southeastern area of responsibility (AL, KY, TN, VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL) to conduct unified land operations during pre-mobilization training in order to provide trained and ready forces to Geographic Combatant Commanders. On order, 188th conducts post-mobilization operations and training at designated Mobilization Force Generation Installations.
188th Infantry Brigade is a training brigade that falls under the First Army Division East, Fort Knox, Kentucky footprint. First Army Division East is one of two divisions, the other being First Army Division West, that falls under First Army.
From 1921 to 1942, the division remained on the Massachussetts organized reserve rolls, though the unit did not assemble except for regular weekend training. In 1925, the brigade relocated to Worcester, Massachussetts and in 1940, moved to Springfield.
In November 1962, the headquarters company was relieved of its assignment to the 94th Infantry Division and redesignated as 188th Infantry Brigade. Years later, in October 1997, the 188th was withdrawn from the Army Reserve and allotted to the Regular Army, and activated at Fort Stewart, Georgia.