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149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
149th Armored Brigade CSIB.svg
149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Country United States of America
Branch National Guard
Allegiance State of Kentucky
Service history
Role Maneuver Enhancement
Nickname Louisville Legion[1]
Battles Mexican War
Civil War
Spanish–American War
World War I
World War II
War on Terrorism
Decorations Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
Insignia 149 MEB DUI

The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is a maneuver enhancement brigade of the Kentucky Army National Guard, headquartered at Richmond.

Constituted Jan. 21, 1839 in the Kentucky Militia as the Louisville Legion and organized at Louisville. The unit mustered into federal service May 17, 1846 as the first Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment and mustered out of federal service May 17, 1847 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Four years after coming out of the federal service, the unit reorganized June 30, 1851 in the Kentucky Volunteer Militia in Louisville as the Louisville Legion. The Kentucky State Guard re-designated as the Kentucky National Guard in 1912, and the unit mustered into federal service once again at Fort Thomas in February 1917.

The 149th Armored Brigade traces its recent history to the activation of XXIII Corps Artillery on 1 October 1959. It was then converted and redesignated HHC 149th Armored Brigade on 1 November 1980.[2] The '149' number came from the former 149th Infantry Regiment.[3] The unit's headquarters changed 1 October 2013 to Richmond, Kentucky.[4]


  1. Special Designations, Army National Guard, US Army Center of Military History (CMH), 7 May 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. Kentucky National Guard Major Commands. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. McGrath, 'The Brigade,' 237.
  4. 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Lineage and Honors Information, US Army Center of Military History (CMH), 12 December 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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