169th Fires Brigade (United States)

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169th Fires Brigade
169th Fires Brigade SSI.png
169th Fires Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Country United States
Branch Army National Guard
Type Artillery
Garrison/HQ Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado
Decorations Croix de Guerre with Palm
Commanders
Current
commander
COL Michael Willis
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 169 Fires Bde DUI.jpg

The 169th Fires Brigade is an artillery brigade in the US Army National Guard. It is part of the Colorado Army National Guard. The 169th Fires Brigade is currently composed of:

A tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery will be added in the future.

Activities[edit]

It was ordered into Federal Service on 1 October 1961 as part of the American reaction to the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and released in August 1962. The brigade headquarters was mobilized in March 2006 for service in Iraq and returned in July 2007.[1]

Lineage[edit]

Originally raised as an infantry unit in 1909, HHB, 169th Field Artillery Group was converted from the Headquarters Company of the 157th Infantry Regiment in Denver on 1 August 1955. It was redesignated as an Artillery Group on 1 October 1959. It reverted to the original Field Artillery Group title and transferred to Aurora, Colorado on 1 March 1972. On 1 May 1978 it was redesignated as a Field Artillery Brigade.

Honors[edit]

The 169th's predecessor, the 157th Infantry Regiment, was awarded one campaign streamer in World War I and eight campaign streamers and one unit decoration in World War II.

Unit decorations[edit]

Ribbon Award Year Notes
A red ribbon with four vertical dark green stripes in the center. French Croix de Guerre, World War II (With Palm) 1943–1944 Embroidered "Italy"


Campaign streamers[edit]

Conflict Streamer Year(s)
World War I Streamer without inscription
World War II Sicily (with Arrowhead) 1943
World War II Naples-Foggia (with Arrowhead) 1943
World War II Anzio (wirth Arrowhead) 1943
World War II Rome-Arno 1944
World War II Southern France (with Arrowhead) 1944
World War II Rhineland 1944—1945
World War II Ardennes-Alsace 1944—1945
World War II Central Europe 1945


References[edit]

  1. ^ Stone, Spc. Jessi. "169th Fires Brigade welcome home ceremony". Retrieved 18 August 2009. 

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