Currently stationed in Columbus, the 16th Engineer Brigade of the Ohio Army National Guard was originally constituted in the National Guard as the Headquarters, 62nd Field Artillery Brigade, a part of the 37th Division. It was inducted into Federal service in 1940, and was redesignated as the HQ, 37th Division Artillery in 1942. It would not be designated as Engineer unit until February 1968, when it was given its current designation and relieved from assignment to the 37th Division.

Nicknamed the “Iron Castle” brigade because of the eye-catching imagery found on the unit patch (i.e., Shoulder Sleeve Insignia), the 16th has had extensive peacetime service in offering assistance on various construction projects across the country and around the globe. From improving U.S. Border Patrol access along the Rio Grande to constructing roadways through the rugged mountains of Honduras, the Brigade’s motto of “Blast Build Battle” serves as a reminder of its role of support both during peacetime and in war.

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