History was made Friday at Fort Polk’s Warrior Memorial Park when the 162nd Infantry Training Brigade (ITB) unveiled its unit patch and crest.
The 162nd Infantry Brigade was constituted August 1917 in the National Army and organized at Camp Jackson, S.C. The Brigade has resurfaced and now resides at Fort Polk.
“We are proud to resurrect the lineage of the 162nd,” said Brig. Gen. James Yarbrough, Commanding General, JRTC and Fort Polk.
On March 8, 2008, The Department of the Army selected Fort Polk as the future home for Joint Army, Navy and Air Force Transiting Team Training, which is currently housed at Fort Riley, Kan.
The goal of the team is to train combat advisors who will then immediately deploy where they will assist Iraqi and Afghan security forces as they evolve into  modern and effective forces capable of securing their own population.
Combat advisors have served the Armed Forces since World War II, but after the Vietnam Conflict the program became dormant. It wasn’t until the Global War on Terror began that the importance of Combat Advisors came to the forefront again, according to Yarbrough.
As the ceremony began, soldiers of the 162nd stood in formation, along with Interim Commander Col. Richard E. Bloss, facing the crowd, wearing the patch of the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Each of the 162nd ITB members then also donned the unit patch of the 162nd and black berets, signifying that each is now a member of the 162nd ITB.
 “Omne Vir Tigris,” translated “Every Man a Tiger,” which is printed on the brigade’s crest not only serves as the brigade’s motto, but also links the ITB to the past when the 5th Training Brigade, stationed at Fort Polk’s North Fort, sent more soldiers to Vietnam than any other training base. And now this unit will be responsible for training soldiers, sailors and airman who will deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.
This brigade reflects a unity of command, a unity of purpose and a unity of effort, said Yarbrough.
“The 825 members of the (162nd ITB) will take the mistakes of Vietnam and rewrite them,” said Yarbrough referring to the deactivation of combat advisors after the end of the Vietnam conflict.
Today there are 5,000 combat advisors of which 3,500 are in Iraq and 1,500 are deployed to Afghanistan.