3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

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3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
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Country United States
Branch United States Army
Nickname "Grey Wolf"[1]

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division ("Grey Wolf"[1]) is a combined arms armored brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. Its major equipment includes M1A2SEP Tanks, M2A3 & M3A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M109A6 Paladin howitzers, and M1114 up-armored Humvees.

Regiments[edit]

Heraldry[edit]

The 3rd Brigade is a subordinate component of the 1st Cavalry Division and wears the same shoulder sleeve insignia.

Initial organization[edit]

The 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was first constituted on 29 August 1917. It was organized in December 1917 as Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, an element of the 15th Cavalry Division. The brigade demobilized on 15 July 1919. The brigade was reconstituted on 10 August 1921, joining the newly constituted 1st Cavalry Division. Never officially reorganized, the Brigade remained on inactive status until its activation on 15 October 1940.

World War II[edit]

The brigade was converted and redesignated as HHC, 9th Armored Division Trains, and the unit deployed to the European Theater where it received campaign participation credit for the operations in Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. The unit was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations with streamers embroidered Europe 1944 and Europe 1945.

Following World War II, the unit returned to the United States and was inactivated. It remained inactive until 15 July 1963, when it was relieved from assignment to the 9th Armored Division, converted and redesignated as HHC, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

Korean Service[edit]

The brigade was activated on 1 September 1963, with the Division on station in Korea at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Vietnam[edit]

In July 1965, the division colors moved to Fort Benning and underwent reorganization as an airmobile unit. No soldiers moved, and the soldiers remaining in Korea put on the patch of the 2nd Infantry Division. The brigade was filled with soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division and the 11th Airborne Division. The brigade sailed from Charleston, South Carolina to Quo Nhon, Republic of Vietnam on 17 September 1965.

The first major action undertaken by the brigade began on 10 October 1965, and was followed by participation in the Ia Drang Valley operation officially known as the Pleiku Campaign. For its exceptional performance in the campaign, the brigade shares with the division, the Presidential Unit Citation. The battle is the subject of the critically acclaimed book We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young by Harold (Hal) Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, which serves as the principal source from which this article is composed. In 2002, screenwriter Randall Wallace depicted the first part of the battle in the film We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson.

The 3rd Brigade was formed into a separate unit and assumed operational control of the old 1st Cavalry Division area of operations until 10 April 1971.

In 1972, the brigade left Vietnam for Fort Hood, Texas, to rejoin the 1st Cavalry Division. When its colors arrived at Fort Hood on 29 June 1972, the unit officially became the "Greywolf" Brigade, named after General George Crook, considered the U.S. Army's greatest Indian fighter. The brigade underwent a change from an airmobile configuration to an infantry brigade (heavy or mechanized infantry). The "Greywolf" Brigade remained with the division until its inactivation in 1980.

The brigade was composed of the following elements:

  • HHC, 3d Brigade
  • 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  • 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  • 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry (added while the unit was in Vietnam)
  • F Troop, 9th Cavalry

Post Operation Desert Storm[edit]

It remained on the inactive roles until 21 May 1991, when the 1st "Tiger" Brigade, 2nd Armored Division was redesignated as the 3rd "Greywolf" Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Since that time, the brigade has participated in several National Training Center rotations, deployed task force sized elements to Kuwait, and in September 1996, conducted the first post- Desert Storm, no-notice, brigade sized deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Strike.

Operation Iraqi Freedom II[edit]

In early 2004, 3d Brigade began deploying to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brigade protected the Green Zone and surrounding neighborhoods in Baghdad. The last elements returned home in March 2005.

The brigade was organized as follows:

  • HHC, 3d Brigade
  • 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry
  • 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  • 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  • F Troop, 9th Cavalry
  • 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery
  • 8th Engineer Battalion
  • 215th Forward Support Battalion

The brigade re-task organized in Kuwait before entering Iraq:

Also attached were:

The brigade received the following unit citations:

  • HHC, 3rd Brigade was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) for the period of 17 March 2004 through 23 March 2005.
  • 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry was awarded an MUC (17 March 2004 – 23 March 2005)
  • 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry was awarded an MUC (17 March 2004 – 23 March 2005)
  • 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry was awarded an MUC (23 March 2004 – 5 March 2005)
  • 2nd Battalion, 82nd Artillery was awarded an MUC (17 March 2004 – 23 March 2005)

Modularization[edit]

Under the modularization of the 1st Cavalry Division, two battalions were transferred to 4th Brigade and the 8th Engineers were inactivated. One battalion was transferred in from 1st Brigade, F Troop was expanded into a squadron, and a special troops battalion was organized.

  • HHC, 3d BCT
  • 6th Squadron (RSTA), 9th Cavalry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment
  • Special Troops Battalion[2]
  • 215th Support Battalion (Brigade)

Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006–07[edit]

In September 2006 the 3rd "Greywolf" Brigade began deploying to Iraq for its second OIF combat tour. During this tour it was deployed to the Diyala Province and based out of Baqubah. While serving as the main regional force for Coalition efforts in the area it fell under the command of Multi National Division-North (MND-N). During the 2006–2008 tour MND-N was commanded by the 25th Infantry Division and based out of COB Speicher in Tikrit. The brigade was a part of the controversial theater "extension" that increased all combat tours to 15 months. This pushed their re-deployment home from theater to December 2007.

Operation Iraqi Freedom 2008–09[edit]

In December 2008 the Greywolf Troopers deployed to Iraq for their third tour. On 19 January 2009 they assumed control of FOB Marez in Mosul from the "Brave Rifles" of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. As during their last Iraq rotation the Greywolf Brigade were once again under the 25th Infantry Division and MND-N.[3]

Operation New Dawn 2010-11[edit]

On 17 December 2011, Greywolf's Special Troops Battalion was the last combat unit to redeploy from the war torn nation, thus ending America's 9 year long war.

Reorganization[edit]

With the inactivation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Long Knife" in 2013, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment rejoined the Brigade after 8 years.

Current Organization[edit]

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 3d BCT
    • 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry (RSTA) "Saber"
    • 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry "Ghost"
    • 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry "Warhorse"
    • 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry "Chargers"
    • 2d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery "Steel Dragons"
    • 3d Brigade Engineer Battalion
    • 215th Brigade Support Battalion "Blacksmiths"

Campaign participation credit[edit]

World War II: Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe

Vietnam: Defense; Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII; Consolidation I; Consolidation II; Cease-Fire

War on Terrorism: Iraq

Decorations[edit]

  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered PLEIKU PROVINCE
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered QUANG TIN PROVINCE
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered FISH HOOK
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered EUROPE 1944
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered EUROPE 1945
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2004–2005
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2008–2009
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965–1969
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969–1970
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970–1971
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1971–1972
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969–1970

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "Headquarters, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Lineage and Honors".

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