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3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
Branch Regular Army
Type Armored brigade combat team
Size brigade
Garrison/HQ Fort Bliss
Nickname(s) "El Paso's Own" (unofficial)
"BULLDOG" (official special designation)
Engagements World War I
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commanders
Current
commander
COL Chip Daniels

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is an Armored Brigade Combat Team of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. First organized in 1944, as Reserve Command, 1st Armored Division, the unit fought in Italy in World War 2, in Operation Desert Storm and in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The brigade has been stationed at Forts Hood and Bliss, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Lewis, Washington; and in Germany.

History[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Cold War[edit | edit source]

Post-Cold War Peacekeeping[edit | edit source]

War on Terror[edit | edit source]

On April 15, 2015, the 3rd BCT was reorganized as an Armored Brigade Combat Team by reflagging the units of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, which was inactivated.

Current Organization[edit | edit source]

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is currently organized as an Armored Brigade Combat Team, composed of the following units:

Lineage & Honors[edit | edit source]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

  • Constituted 27 June 1944 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, Reserve Command, 1st Armored Division
  • Activated 20 July 1944 in Italy
  • Inactivated 25 April 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey
  • Redesignated 27 February 1951 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Reserve Command, 1st Armored Division
  • Activated 7 March 1951 at Fort Hood, Texas
  • Reorganized and redesignated 26 June 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Command C, 1st Armored Division
  • Inactivated 23 December 1957 at Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • Redesignated 3 February 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and activated at Fort Hood, Texas
  • Inactivated 15 April 1995 at Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Activated 16 February 1996 at Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Headquarters, 3d Brigade, 1st Armored Division, reorganized and redesignated 16 April 2007 as *Headquarters, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 1st Armored Division – hereafter separate lineage)
  • Inactivated 15 March 2008 at Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Activated 16 August 2009 at Fort Bliss, Texas

Campaign Participation Credit[edit | edit source]

  • World War II: Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley
  • Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease-Fire
  • War on Terrorism: Campaigns to be determined

Decorations[edit | edit source]

  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ-KUWAIT 1991
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2003

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