75th IC 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 (MG) Rich Staats

Acting Commanding General for the 75th Innovation Command

Major General
Rich Staats

Acting Commanding General for the 75th Innovation Command

Maj. Gen. Rich Staats is the acting commanding general for the 75th Innovation Command. He is also assigned as the Mobilization deputy commanding general for Division West, First Army, for the Fort Hood, Texas, force generation site. Rich has direct lines of responsibility to III Corps, the First Army and to the U.S. Army Reserve Command in this role.

Rich was commissioned at the United States Military Academy and served in increasing positions of responsibility throughout his 34 years of commissioned service. This service included six commands at every level, which he served in roles ranging from company commander to commanding general. He commanded more than 38,000 Soldiers in the course of these assignments that spanned 14 years. Rich served overseas in five of these commands, including service in active combat zones for three of them. Rich has served in a number of Joint and Interagency assignments, including: the Joint Staff, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Foreign Service Institute and Multinational Force Iraq. Rich was the first senior fellow for the chief of staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group.

Command Sergeant Major Kristal Florquist

Command Sergeant Major of the 75th Innovation Command

Command Sergeant Major
Kristal Florquist

Command Sergeant Major of the 75th Innovation Command

On Apr. 15, 2019, Command Sgt. Maj. Kristal Florquist assumed responsibility as the command sergeant major of the 75th Innovation Command in Houston, Texas. Kristal began her military career Apr. 16, 1986, when she enlisted in the Colorado Army National Guard as military police. She transferred into the Army Reserve in June 1999. In her capacity, Kristal carries out policies and standards on performance, training, appearance and conduct of Soldiers. She also advises the commander and staff on all Soldier matters, particularly training, leader development, mobilization, employer support, quality of life and family readiness and support.

As a career Soldier, Kristal has continued her dedication to Soldiers in positions of increased leadership responsibility. She has held several key non-commissioned officer positions: team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, operations sergeant/sergeant major, and command sergeant major. Her previous assignments include, but are not limited to: command sergeant major, Army Reserve Sustainment Command; command sergeant major, 2nd Brigade, Pacific Training Division, 75th Training Command; command sergeant major, 1st Brigade (PD), 104th Division (Leader Training); command sergeant major, 651st Regional Support Group and 5025th Garrison Support Unit; operations sergeant major, Special Operations Theater Support Element-U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Kuwait; operations sergeant major, 164th Corps Support Group, Mesa, Arizona; operations sergeant major, 6th Brigade (PD)/104th Division (IT), Aurora, Colorado; first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 6th Brigade (PD)/104th Division (IT), Aurora, Colorado; Brigade Logistics NCO, 169th Field Artillery, Aurora, Colorado; operations NCO/platoon sergeant, 220th Military Police Company, Denver, Colorado.

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