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1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (United States)
Branch Regular Army
Service history
Nickname “Ready First”
Battles World War I
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commanders
Commanders COL Ross Coffman
Insignia

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is a Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. First organized in 1942, as Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division, the unit has fought in North Africa and Italy in World War 2, as well as 4 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the 3rd Constabulary Regiment, the brigade conducted stability operations in Germany after World War 2. After service at Fort Hood and in Germany during the Cold War, the brigade conducted three peacekeeping rotations in the Balkans (Bosnia, Macedonia and Kosovo).

HistoryEdit

World War IIEdit

Cold WarEdit

Post-Cold War PeacekeepingEdit

Operation Iraqi FreedomEdit

Current OrganizationEdit

1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is currently organized as a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, composed of the following units:

MottoEdit

The brigade's motto is "Ready First"

Lineage & HonorsEdit

LineageEdit

  • Organized 1 January 1942 in the Regular Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division
  • Reorganized and redesignated 20 July 1944 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division
  • Converted and redesignated 1 May 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Constabulary Regiment, and relieved from assignment to the 1st Armored Division
  • Inactivated 20 September 1947 in Germany
  • Converted and redesignated 27 February 1951 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division
  • Activated 7 March 1951 at Fort Hood, Texas
  • Reorganized and redesignated 3 February 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division
  • Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, reorganized and redesignated 16 September 2008 as Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division)
  • Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, consolidated 16 January 2011 with Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and consolidated unit concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

Campaign Participation CreditEdit

World War II: Tunisia; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley

War On Terrorism: Campaigns to be determined

DecorationsEdit

  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2004
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009-2010
  • Navy Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered ANBAR PROVINCE 2006-2007
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1995-1996

Headquarters Company additionally entitled to:

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ NOV 2009-NOV 2010

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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