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Indiana Guard Reserve

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The Torch Brigade, Lighting the Way

LTC James R. Needler

TRAINED AND READY - As the First Brigade of the Indiana Guard Reserve (IGR), the "Torch Brigade" lights the way, prepared to assume missions assigned by the IGR Headquarters, whether they be assisting Civil authorities in a local emergency or assuming control of an armory whose Indiana Army National Guard unit has been activated. The 1st Brigade has its Headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Persons interested in leading the way with the IGR 1st Brigade should contact either our Recruiting Officer, LTC Lee Gamson, our Personnel Officer, 1LT Mike McManama, or our Brigade Commander, LTC James R. Needler.

First Brigade Command and Staff Personnel

Commander LTC James R. Needler (260) 571-2048
Executive Officer MAJ Mark A. Hazelet  
Command Sergeant Major CSM Scott Hawks (574) 269-7930
Chaplain CPT Lynda Jones  
S-1 Personnel Officer 1LT Mike McManama (260) 517-9164
S-2/S-3 Intelligence/Operations MAJ Phillip R. Dawalt  
S-4 Logistics CPT Allen Blackmon  
S-5 Civil Affairs LTC Lee Gamson  
S-6 Information Resources 2LT Steve Sausaman  
Recruiting Officer LTC Lee Gamson (765) 664-5503
Recruiting Sergeant SFC Lee Bontrager (574) 370-6027

Other Area Commanders and Sergeants Major:

First Battalion - Kokomo

Commander 2LT David Hazelton
Sergeant Major  

Second Battalion - Marion

Commander CPT Mark Brown
Sergeant Major  

Third Battalion - South Bend

Commander 2LT Charles Brindle
Sergeant Major