Army Org Chart

From the soldier to the brigade, here’s how the command structure typically works. This also shows who was in charge in June 2009. 

4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

Commander: Colonel Michael Howard

Approximately 4,000 soldiers
  • 3rd Battalion
    509th Infantry Regiment
  • 1st Squadron
    40th Cavalry Regiment
  • 725th Brigade
    Support Battalion
  • Bergdahl’s Unit
    1st Battalion
    501st Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion
    377th Parachute Field
    Artillery Regiment
  • 425th Brigade
    Special Troops Battalion

1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment

Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Clint Baker

Approximately 600 soldiers
  • A Rifle Infantry
  • D Anti-Tank Infantry
  • Headquarters
  • Bergdahl’s Unit
    B Rifle Infantry
    (Blackfoot) Company
  • C Rifle Infantry
  • Sustainment

Blackfoot Company

Commander: Captain Silvino Silvino

Approximately 160 soldiers
  • 1st Platoon
  • Bergdahl’s Unit
    2nd Platoon
  • 3rd Platoon
  • Headquarters

2nd Platoon

Platoon Leader: Second Lieutenant John Billings

Approximately 40 soldiers
  • Leadership Section
  • Bergdahl’s Unit
    Rifle Squad
  • Rifle Squad
  • Rifle Squad
  • Weapons Squad


There are typically two types of squads—a rifle squad and a weapons squad. Each squad has two or more teams.

Approximately 9 soldiers
  • Bergdahl’s Unit
  • Team
  • Squad Leader


The number of soldiers in each team can vary, but it is often at least 4.

Rifle Squad Team

  • Bergdahl’s Role
    SAW Gunner
  • Grenadier
  • Rifleman
  • Team Leader

Weapons Squad Team

  • Gunner
  • Assistant Gunner
  • Ammo Carrier
  • Team Leader
Source: U.S. Army Alaska. Each commander's rank reflects what it was in 2009.

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