75IC

75th Innovation Command

WHO WE ARE

The history of the 75th Training Command extends back to its combat days of World War II as the 75th Infantry Division.

April 1943 – Activation The unit was activated as the 75th Infantry Division at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, with an authorized strength of 15,514.

November 1944 – Deployment to European Theater The 75th Infantry Division deployed by sea to England.

December 1944 – The Ardennes Campaign On the 15th, the Division had its bloodiest day of combat. During the month, there were 465 killed and 1,707 wounded in action.

February 1945 – The Colmar Campaign The Division was assigned to the 7th Army and boarded trains for Alsace, France, where it secured the North and East flank of the city. The Division was part of the effort to finally push the Germans out of France.

March 1945 – The Battle for the Ruhr The Division deployed to Holland as part of the VII Corps of the Second British Army. The Division was in three countries and assigned to four Army Groups within a short ten-week period.

May 1945 – After Victory in Europe Day The 75th Infantry Division assumed security and military government duties in Westphalia, Germany. For its participation in WWII, unit members received four Distinguished Service Crosses, 193 Silver Stars, seven Legion of Merits, 30 Soldier’s Medals, and 1,321 Bronze Star Medals. The Division suffered numerous casualties, including 817 killed in action, 3,314 wounded in action and 111 who died from their wounds.

The 75th Maneuver Area Command In February 1957, the Department of the Army designated the Division as the 75th MAC. The original mission of the MAC was to train commanders and staffs from battalion through corps-level units. In 1977, the MAC began conducting computer-based exercises. Computer-assisted map exercises were one of the first simulation models.

The 75th Division (Exercise) Training remained as the mission of the 75th Division (Ex). The Division provided simulation exercises, and command and staff training for all Reserve Component battalion and higher headquarters in its area of operation.

The 75th Division (Training Support) The 75th Division (TS) became a multi-component organization with Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve and civilians in its ranks. Operational command of the Division was Fifth United States Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. This established a more formal relationship between the Division and its client units. On Jan. 27, 2003, the 75th Division (TS) was mobilized for the first time since World War II in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terror. The 75th Division (TS) trained thousands of Soldiers in the years that followed.

The 75th Mission Command Training Division The 75th MCTD served as a dynamic organization dedicated to providing high fidelity, realistic training and assessment to our partner units. More than 1,000 75th Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 75th Training Command On Oct. 18, 2012, the Division became the 75th Training Command, a change that acknowledges the structure and mission more appropriately. The 75th Training Command became the Army’s premiere staff training organization, providing world-class training around the world to thousands of troops annually.

The 75th Innovation Command On Dec. 17, 2018, the Division was designated as the 75th Innovation Command, a shift that focuses the organization to drive operational innovation, concepts and capabilities. The shift will enhance the readiness and lethality of the Future Force by leveraging the unique skills, agility and private sector connectivity of America’s Army Reserve, in direct support to Army Futures Command.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Major General Martin F. Klein - Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command

Major General
Martin F. Klein

Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command

Maj. Gen. Martin F. Klein is the commanding general of the 75th Innovation Command, based in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for leading and directing the work of the command, which leverages the unique skills, agility and private sector connectivity of the Army Reserve to drive operational innovation, concepts and capabilities that enhance the readiness and lethality of the Future Force.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Klein commissioned into the Army as an Infantry officer in 1991. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 10th Mountain Division before fulfilling leadership roles with the Joint Staff, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, United States Forces-Iraq, and the Pentagon. Klein holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina; a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in Missouri; and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.

Command Sergeant Major
Kristal Florquist

Command Sergeant Major, 75th Innovation Command

Command Sgt. Maj. Kristal Florquist advises the commanding general on a wide variety of Soldier matters, including training, leader development, mobilization, quality of life and family support, and upholds policies and standards on Soldier performance, training, appearance and conduct.

Florquist began her service in the Army in 1986, when she joined the Colorado Army National Guard as a member of the military police, and transitioned to a role with the Army Reserve in 1999. She has held a number of non-commissioned officer positions, including squad leader, platoon sergeant and operations sergeant, and supported Army activities in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas and Kuwait, to name a few.