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1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (United States)

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division SSI.svg
10th Mountain Division shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 1985—present
Country  United States of America
Branch  United States Army
Type Infantry brigade combat team
Role Mountain warfare
Size Brigade
Part of 10th Mountain Division
Garrison/HQ Fort Drum, New York, U.S.
Engagements World War II
*Kiska
*Italian Campaign
Korean War
War in Southwest Asia
Armed Forces Expeditions – Somalia
Afghanistan Campaign
Iraq Campaign

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division is an infantry brigade combat team of the United States Army based at Fort Drum, New York. It is a subordinate unit of the 10th Mountain Division.

Formed as the 10th Mountain Division's original headquarters company, the brigade traces its lineage through the division's fight through Italy in World War II and afterwards, as it commanded a training division and then an infantry division which briefly deployed to Europe.

1st Brigade was reactivated 11 April 1986 at Fort Drum, New York. The 1st Brigade is the Command and Control Headquarters for Task Force Warrior, consisting of its organic battalions 1–32nd Infantry, 1–87th Infantry, and 2–22nd Infantry. The principal units that have been assigned to TF Warrior during Division Ready Brigade missions, off post deployments, and major exercises have been the 3–6th Field Artillery, 10th Forward Support Battalion, A/3-62nd Air Defense Artillery, A/41st Engineer, A/110th Military Intelligence, A/10th Signal Battalion, and 1st PLT/10th Military Police Battalion.

1st Brigade and its elements saw numerous deployments to contingencies around the world in the 1990s. With the War on Terrorism the brigade has seen multiple deployments to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom and to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Organization[edit]

The 1st Brigade Combat Team is a subordinate unit of the 10th Mountain Division, however its modular nature means it is capable of operating independently of the division's Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.[1]

The brigade consists of six subordinate battalions; its combat element consists of two infantry battalions, the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. The 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment provides armored reconnaissance services to the Brigade Combat Team, while the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment provides field artillery support. The brigade's Headquarters and command services are provided by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Special Troops Battalion. All supporting services for the brigade are provided by the 10th Brigade Support Battalion. All of these battalions are located at Fort Drum with most of the rest of the 10th Mountain Division.[1]

History[edit]

On 13 February 1985, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) was reactivated at Fort Drum, New York.[2] In accordance with the Reorganization Objective Army Divisions plan, the division was no longer centered around regiments, instead two brigades were activated under the division. The 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division was activated at Fort Drum while the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division was activated at Fort Benning, moving to Fort Drum in 1988.[3] The division was also assigned a round-out brigade from the Army National Guard, the 27th Infantry Brigade.[4] The division was specially designed as a light infantry division able to rapidly deploy. Equipment design was oriented toward reduced size and weight for reasons of both strategic and tactical mobility.[5] The division also received a distinctive unit insignia.[6]

Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division sweep a Somali village for weapons (1993).

Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida on 24 August 1992, killing 13 people, leaving another 250,000 homeless and causing damages in excess of 20 billion dollars. On 27 September 1992, the 10th Mountain Division assumed responsibility for Hurricane Andrew disaster relief as Task Force Mountain.[7] Division soldiers set up relief camps, distributed food, clothing, medical necessities and building supplies, as well as helping to rebuild homes and clear debris. The last of the 6,000 division soldiers to deployed to Florida returned home in October 1992.[5]

Operation Restore Hope[edit]

On 3 December 1993, the division headquarters was designated as the headquarters for all Army Forces (ARFOR) of the Unified Task Force (UNITAF) for Operation Restore Hope. Major General Steven L. Arnold, the division Commander, was named Army Forces commander. The 10th Mountain Division’s mission was to secure major cities and roads to provide safe passage of relief supplies to the Somali population suffering from the effects of the Somali Civil War.[5] Due to 10th Mountain Division efforts, humanitarian agencies declared an end to the food emergency and factional fighting decreased.[7] When Task Force Ranger and the SAR team were pinned down during a raid in what later became known as the Battle of Mogadishu, 10th Mountain units provided infantry for the UN quick reaction force sent to rescue them. The 10th had 2 soldiers killed in the fighting, which was the longest sustained firefight by regular US Army forces since the Vietnam War.[5] The division began a gradual reduction of forces in Somalia in February 1993, until the last soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry returned to the United States in March 1994.[7]

Operation Uphold Democracy[edit]

Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division secure Port-au-Prince International Airport in 1994.

The division formed the nucleus of the Multinational Force Haiti (MNF Haiti) and Joint Task Force 190 (JTF 190) in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. More than 8,600 of the division's troops deployed during this operation.[5] On 19 September 1994, the 1st Brigade conducted the Army’s first air assault from an aircraft carrier. This force consisted of 54 helicopters and almost 2,000 soldiers. They occupied the Port-au-Prince International Airport. This was the largest Army air operation conducted from a carrier since the Doolittle Raid in World War II.[7]

The division’s mission was to create a secure and stable environment so the government of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide could be reestablished and democratic elections held. After this was accomplished, the 10th Mountain Division handed over control of the MNF-Haiti to the 25th Infantry Division on 15 January 1995. The Division redeployed the last of its soldiers who served in Haiti by 31 January 1995.[5]

War on Terrorism[edit]

10th Mountain Soldier in the Afghanistan Highlands.

In late 2001, following the 11 September 2001 attacks, elements of the division, including its special troops battalion and the 1-87th Infantry, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These forces remained in the country until mid-2002, fighting to secure remote areas of the country and participating in prominent operations such as Operation Anaconda, the Fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, and the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi.[2] The division also participated in fighting in the Shahi Khot Valley in 2002. Upon the return of the battalions, they were welcomed home and praised by President Bush.[8]

In 2003, the division's headquarters, along with the 1st Brigade, returned to Afghanistan. During that time, they operated in the frontier regions of the country such as Paktika Province, going places previously untouched by the war in search of Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces. Fighting in several small-scale conflicts such as Operation Avalanche, Operation Mountain Resolve, and Operation Mountain Viper, the division maintained a strategy of small units moving through remote regions of the country to interact directly with the population and drive out insurgents.[9] The 1st Brigade also undertook a number of humanitarian missions.[7]

Reorganization and recent deployments[edit]

10th Mountain Soldier in patrol in Nuristan Province.

Upon the return of the division headquarters and 1st Brigade, the 10th Mountain Division began the process of transformation into a modular division. On 16 September 2004, the division headquarters finished its transformation. The 1st Brigade became the 1st Brigade Combat Team,[10] while the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was activated for the first time.[11] In January 2005, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was activated at Fort Polk, Louisiana.[12]

10th Mountain Division troops from the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry hike through Kunar Province.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2009, as a part of the 2009–2010 rotation to Iraq.[13]

1st Brigade Combat Team was scheduled for a third deployment, returning to Iraq in fall of 2009, but the deployment was canceled on 16 October 2009.[14] The brigade deployed in Afghanistan in 2010) and returned to garrison in early 2011.

Honors[edit]

The 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division earned two campaign streamers in World War II and two campaign streamers in the War on Terrorism for a total of four campaign streamers and two unit decorations in its operational history. Note that some of the brigade's battalions received more or fewer decorations depending on their individual deployments.[2]

Unit decorations[edit]

Ribbon Award Year Notes
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) 2003–2004 for service in Afghanistan
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) 2005–2006 for service in Iraq
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) 2007–2008 for service in Iraq

Campaign streamers[edit]

Conflict Streamer Year(s)
World War II North Apennines 1944
World War II Po Valley 1945
Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan 2003—2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom Iraq 2005—2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "10th Mountain Division Organization". Fort Drum Public Affairs Office. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lineage and Honors Information: 10th Mountain Division". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  3. ^ McGrath, p. 189.
  4. ^ McGrath, p. 232.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Fort Drum Homepage: History of the 10th Mountain Division". Fort Drum Public Affairs Office. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Institute of Heraldry: 10th Mountain Division". The Institute of Heraldry. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "GlobalSecurity.org: 10th Mountain Division". GlobalSecurity. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "'Be Proud, Strong, Ready,' Bush Tells 10th Mountain Troops". American Forces Press Service. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Going in small in Afghanistan". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Lineage and Honors Information: 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division". United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Lineage and Honors Information: 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Lineage and Honors Information: 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Army Announces next Iraq Rotation". US Army Public Affairs Office. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  14. ^ [1]

Sources[edit]

  • McGrath, John J. (2004). The Brigade: A History: Its Organization and Employment in the US Army. Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-4404-4915-4. 
  • Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States. United States Government Printing Office. 1959. ASIN B0006D8NKK. 

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