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|About||Welcome to the 1-61 Infantry Regiment's, Fort Jackson SC, unit Facebook page! Here you will find the most recent news, stories, videos, and photos of your Soldier in Basic Combat Training. Thanks for becoming a fan and for your support, Army Strong!|
Our mission is to transform civilian volunteers into Soldiers who are able to function effectively in their first unit of assignment. As you can imagine, this is no easy task. Each cycle, we must quickly break down a very diverse group of volunteers and quickly mold them into Soldiers that live the Army values and poses a warrior ethos. The Roadrunners exhaust all personnel and equipment resources to accomplish this mission in just ten weeks.
The Roadrunners are committed to providing Soldiers and families a quality of life that is commensurate with their service; providing our families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive; and building a partnership with Army families that enhances their strength and resilience. We created the Roadrunner Facebook site with this commitment in mind. Thru Facebook, we welcome new members to the Army family; Assist new spouses with information on Army support agencies; and assist the larger community with getting answers to frequently asked questions about Basic Training here at Fort Jackson.
The 61st Regiment was constituted in the Regular Army on May 15, 1917, as Company A, 61st Infantry, and organized at Gettysburg National Park, Pa., on June 10, 1917. On Nov. 17, 1917, the 61st Infantry was assigned to the 5th Division. With the 5th Division, the unit received its first taste of combat.
The regiment deployed to Europe during World War I, where it was awarded four battle streamers for its gallant participation in the bloody campaigns of Saint Mihiel, Meuse- Argonne, Alsace and Lorraine in 1918.
After the war, the 61st returned to Camp Jackson, S.C., where it was inactivated on Sept. 2, 1921. The unit was relieved from assignment with the 5th Division and assigned to the 8th Division on Aug. 15, 1927. On Oct. 1, 1933, the 61st Infantry was relieved from assignment to the 8th Division and again assigned to the 5th Division.
The unit was disbanded Nov. 11, 1944. On Aug. 10, 1950, the 61st Infantry was reconstituted in the Regular Army as Company A, 61st Infantry, an element of the 8th Infantry Division. It was activated on Aug. 17, 1950, at Fort Jackson.
After a period of activation, inactivation and reassignments spanning over a period of 18 years, the unit was once again inactivated in September 1956 at Fort Carson, Colo., and was concurrently relieved from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division. On Jan. 17, 1962, Company A, 61st Infantry was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment. HHC 1-61 Infantry was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division and activated at Fort Carson, Colo., (organic elements constituted and activated) on Feb. 19, 1962. The unit was reassigned to the 4th Infantry on Aug. 2, 1971, and assigned back to the 5th Division Aug. 21, 1974. HHC 1-61 was inactivated on June 19, 1989, at Fort Polk, La., and relieved from assignment to the 5th Infantry Division.
|Awards||The unit received several awards and decorations during the Vietnam conflict, which include the Valorous Unit Award, two Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry awards and a Civil Action Honor Medal. After reorganizing again for the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the unit was transferred to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and organized at Fort Jackson on June 13, 1993, to fulfill its current role in conducting Basic Combat Training for initial entry Soldiers.|
|Founded||The 61st Regiment was constituted in the Regular Army on May 15, 1917|